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The Writing Center at American University

WHAT HAPPENS IN A WRITING CENTER VISIT?

The Writing Center offers free, writing assistance to all American University students. In 45-minute consultations, Writing Consultants meet with students to discuss your writing and give feedback as well as give advice on ways to improve your writing. The Writing Center also assists Graduate Students who may need more consecutive appointments for longer projects.

Writing Consultants will work with you on issues such as:

  • Interpreting a writing assignment;

  • Generating ideas;

  • Locating and sharpening a thesis statement;

  • Organizing ideas and research;

  • Developing logical arguments;

  • Polishing your prose;

  • Finding strategies for revising; and

  • Identifying recurrent errors.

VISIT THE WRITING CENTER

In-Person Appointments

  1. Appointments can made only online on WCOnline. (First-time users must register for an account before logging in.)
  2. When logging in, select “Writing Center” in the labeled drop-down, “Choose a Schedule.”
  3. A series of timeslots will appear. Select the white timeslot that you are available to meet at the Writing Center.

Online Appointments

  1. Go to WCOnline and select “Writing Center” from available schedules and log on.
  2. Select your desired time and date, next to the tutor’s name with “xXOnline OnlyXx.” Once a new window, titled “Create New Appointment” opens, double-check the time and date, and then scroll to the bottom of the appointment form and click “Create Appointment" to schedule your appointment.
  3. To start your online appointment, log into WCOnline and click on your appointment slot, which should be yellow.
  4. A new window, titled “View Existing Appointment Form” will open. In this window, click the green link, “Start of Join Online Consultation.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please bring a printed copy of your assignment, your written draft, and any notes.

We are happy to work with you on any writing project you have, from argument essays and research, to lab reports and application essays.

Writing Coaches will not simply “check your paper” or correct your errors. Instead, they will teach you how to edit and improve your skills. They can help you recognize technical errors in your prose and can provide resource materials such as handouts regarding sources, grammar, organization, style, etc. to improve your writing.

Yes, your work in the Writing Center is confidential. The only exception is when an instructor sends you to the Writing Center with a referral form and requests a written follow-up on the session.

Note: We do require written permission from your instructor before working on examinations.

Please let us know if English is not your first language when planning your appointment. We can help you navigate the demands of our U.S. academic expectations and help with writing issues that concern you.

Yes, the Writing Center is accessible to all. The Writing Center is located on the left-hand side of the first floor of the Bender Library, which is a single level with an accessible entrance as well.

FALL 2019 HOURS

Bender Library, 1st Floor Commons

IN-PERSON HOURS:
By appointment only.
Monday - Thursday: 10 AM - 9 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM

DROP-IN HOURS:
Monday: 2 PM - 3 PM
Tuesday: 4 PM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 12 PM - 2 PM
Thursday: 11 AM - 1 PM
Friday: 12 PM - 2 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 2 PM

Join the Staff!

The Writing Center is only as good as its staff of talented Writing Consultants. We train and support our staff and set up a schedule that is right for them. So if you are an AU student with an interest in writing and in helping other people, we have an internship for you!

If you are a rising junior, senior, or graduate student here at AU, and you have a solid GPA and good writing skills, the Writing Center offers you two hours undergraduate or graduate course credit and a chance to try out a teaching interest.

For more information and an application, stop by the Center in Bender Library, first floor.

ATTENTION INCOMING MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS IN CAS:

The Writing Center is accepting applications for their Graduate Writing Fellowship.

Graduate Student Fellows join the Writing Center's group of Writing Consultants but also are charged with creating outreach, workshops, handouts, and events aimed at writing needs and challenges of graduate students at AU.

Inquire by email for more information.