The writing center is staffed with AUIS students who have completed a training seminar and continue to learn through staff education workshops. These qualified peer consultants are tutors, not teachers, trained to coach and guide you as you talk with them about your writing.
When you walk into the AUIS Writing Center, your tutor will want to know about you, what you are working on, and what goals you have for your writing. The session is based on what you tell us you'd like to work on. We don't take your paper and mark errors; typically we read your paper with you and work through the areas you have told us you'd like to pay attention to. Our goal is to help you revise and improve a paper while you get a better sense of yourself as a writer.
The writing center is not only for students struggling with their writing. Anyone can benefit from a trained and experienced reader who will give undivided attention to their writing.
We strive to help students learn to be confident, careful writers who enjoy – or at least don’t hate! – the process of writing. We want you to get better at assessing and editing your own writing, which is why writing center tutors will never copyedit or “fix” a paper for you.
We ask you to take an active role in improving your writing. Come to your session with a clear idea of what you want to work on; don’t expect the tutor to set the agenda. While we hope to help you improve each paper you’re working on, the writing center’s greatest benefit lies in repeated visits in which you learn to make your writing process more efficient, effective, and enjoyable.
A big part of our mission is to show students the benefits of revision. Revising your writing allows you to see your work through new eyes, to explore different approaches to the same problem, and to catch mistakes you’ll often miss when your writing is still fresh.
- While we accept both appointments and walk-in conferences, we encourage students to make appointments in advance, especially around midterms and finals. Appointments will always be given priority over walk-ins.
- Be on time: if you arrive more than 5 minutes late for an appointment and there are other students waiting, you will lose your spot.
- If you make an appointment, show up! Students who are repeat no-shows may lose their writing center privileges.
- Bring the assignment with you, and have a clear idea of what you want to work on in your conference. The more you have thought about what you want to improve in a particular paper, or in your writing more generally, the more efficient and enjoyable your consultation will be.
- You may schedule an appointment for either 30 or 60 minutes. However, during peak periods, appointments may be limited to 30 minutes. Be realistic about how much you can accomplish in a session; if you are working on a 10-page paper, you will need more than one session.
- You may not schedule a conference on the day an assignment is due. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
- Plan ahead – your writing will improve much more, and you will learn far more, if you work with a peer tutor more than once on a particular paper. We encourage you to make visiting the writing center a regular habit!
Sundays and Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM, 3:15-5:00 PM
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesdays: 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM