What We Do
The primary objective of the Writing Center is to help our students become better writers. Our multidisciplinary staff is trained to serve as informed readers who can assist writers first in strengthening the global aspects of writing such as brainstorming, organization, assignment fulfillment, and integration and analysis of sources, and second in sentence-level elements such as style and usage. Our writing coaches do not proofread papers for students. Instead, we engage writers in conversation about how to clearly and effectively communicate their thoughts in a manner appropriate to their audience.
The Student Referral Form (PDF) gives professors the opportunity to send students to the Writing Center for help with any aspect of the writing process—from brainstorming to revision, as well as any writing element with which they may be struggling. Consider attaching a form to a paper you are returning to a student, or giving the form to a student after class, with your suggestions for what to cover during the appointment. The form gives you the option to suggest or require a certain number of visits by a date you stipulate. After each appointment, you will receive a summary of the appointment via email, and the student will be given a stamped and signed receipt with a description of the topics covered.
We now offer a variety of in-class workshops. We’re happy to send our writing coaches to your classroom to provide information about the Writing Center, tips about the writing process, rules for documentation styles, and more. If you prefer to have a writing coach visit your classroom, or if you have an upcoming orientation you would like us to present at, fill out our Workshop Request Form.
For information related to APU’s undergraduate writing program, visit apu.edu/go/writing.
Make sure to visit our Resources page for handouts and other helpful materials.