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Academic Support & Access Center

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Academic Support & Access Center
202-885-3360
Fax: 202-885-1042
asac@american.edu
Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Academic Support & Access Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8027

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. 

The Writing Lab is now closed. It will reopen on September 6.

Access the Scheduler and make an appointment

To learn how to use the Scheduler and about our policies, please click here Guidelines and Policies

We are in the process of hiring more counselors, so check the schedule often!!!

Grammar Workshop Series

In spring 2016, the Writing Lab offered a series of six grammar workshops. You can download the Powerpoints and Handouts from the links below!

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - PPT

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - Exercise

Article Usage: 'The', 'A', or 'An'? - Exercise Answer Keys

Verb Tenses I: PPT

Verb Tenses I: Chart

Verb Tenses I: Practice

Verb Tenses II: PPT

Verb Tenses II: Exercise

Verb Tenses II: Answer Keys

Sentence structure I Punctuation: PPT

Sentence structure I Punctuation: Exercises

Sentence structure I Punctuation: Answer Keys

Sentence structure II Subject Verb Agreement, Transitions, and more: PPT

Sentence structure II Subject Verb Agreement, Transitions, and More: Exercises

Sentence structure II Subject Verb Agreement, Transitions, and More: Answer Key

Word Choice and other common grammar mistakes: PPT

Word Choice and other common grammar mistakes: Exercises

Word Choice and other common grammar mistakes: Answer Keys

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.

What do students say about the Writing Lab?

  • The counselor created an atmosphere that was comfortable, personable, and one of learning - for both of us. She wanted to understand me and my challenge, before undertaking the task, which was assuring. 
  • The counselor was encouraging and affirming in my work - without knowing that that was mostly what I needed from her. I will definitely be coming back to keep her busy! :)  
  • The counselor was very helpful. Instead of just telling what mistakes I made she showed them to me, making me find them myself. She was able to provide me with a clear understanding of how an essay is supposed to work. She was very warm and very approachable, I would love to do more writing with her.  
  • The counselor helped me understand my topic and create an amazing outline, thanks!   
  • She has been the best writing tutor I've ever had. She is personable, knowledgeable, and has taught me valuable writing skills and techniques. 
  • The counselor is very patient and provides valuable feedback. I am very grateful for her continued help this semester.  Yeah!
  • The counselor helped me to improve my writing skill so much! Thank her so much! ;)

 

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.

Does the WL offer online support?

If you need an online session, please contact us directly at writinglab@american.edu, indicating the times that would work best for you. We will contact you within 24 hours to set up an online session.

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
  • Planning and Editing Papers
  • 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 writinglab@american.edu or stop by the Academic Support and Access Center in Mary Graydon 243.

What are the differences between the Writing Lab and the Writing Center?

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 Center Website

For more writing resources visit the Writing Resources site.