Academic Support & Access Center


  • Academic Support & Access Center
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Mailing Address

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab, located in the Academic Support and Access Center in MGC 243, provides individual writing assistance as well as group workshops. 

How does the Writing Lab help students?

A Writing Lab counselor can assist with every stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming from your assignment
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Outlining an argument
  • Recognizing recurrent grammatical errors
  • Creating smooth transitions
  • Composing polished prose

Experienced counselors evaluate drafts, identify areas for improvement, and explain strategies for effective essay structure. While they do not offer proofreading or editing services, they do offer advice on time management and project management techniques and also provide encouragement to help students become better writers.

Please note: The Writing Center and the Writing Lab are two separate offices providing similar services to all AU students.  The Writing Center is located in the American University library and the Writing Lab is located at the ASAC in Mary Graydon Center 243.  If there are no appointments available in one location, please try the other.

Writing Lab New Online Scheduler

ASAC new

The Writing Lab has a new online scheduler! When you click on “Schedule a Writing Lab appointment,” you will have new functionality: in addition to making and changing appointments, you can view your upcoming appointments and submit a comment to our Suggestion Box. Create your account and get started!


To login, use your AU portal username and password.

If you have any problems
scheduling an appointment,
please call the ASAC at 202-885-3360 from 9am to 5pm,
and the front desk staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.


Who can use the Writing Lab?

Any student enrolled in a credit course at AU, undergraduate or graduate, full or part-time, degree or non-degree, is eligible to use the Writing Lab. Writing Lab counselors are specially qualified and trained to work with students with learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as international students and non-native speakers of English.

How are appointments made?

Appointments can be made from any computer with internet access through the online appointment scheduler. First time users must register and create an online password before scheduling an appointment.

What else does the Writing Lab offer?

Each semester counselors offer a number of workshops about writing research papers, including:
  • Writing in the U.S.: A cross-cultural workshop for international students
  • Writing Research Papers: An introduction for undergraduate students
  • Writing Research Papers: A workshop for graduate students

The workshop schedule is available online or can be picked up in the Academic Support and Access Center. Contact the Writing Lab by e-mail at or stop by the Academic Support and Access Center in Mary Graydon 243.