The Writing Center @ AMU

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

“Language most shows a man: Speak that I may see thee.”
Ben Jonson

Blessed John Henry Newman observed that “thought and speech are inseparable from each other,” an observation hardly new or revolutionary in his own time and one that is no less, and in fact may be more, crucial in our time today. Following Newman, and granting that our existence is incarnate, one conclusion that can be drawn from Newman’s observation is that writing, not thinking, is the fundamental skill of academic life, for it may well be that thinking is only truly thinking when given form in language. Thus, within any university, and in particular within a university grounded upon the Catholic intellectual tradition, the ability of the student to express the interior life—both intellectual and spiritual—in language is a concern of the first order. The Writing Center @ AMU exists to help guide and support students as they learn to use language to engage, to express and to cultivate the richness of the intellectual and spiritual life at Ave Maria University.


Our goal is to take every student where he or she is and to help them as they strive to become better writers. The Writing Center @ AMU is available to all students, regardless of grade or skill level. The Center offers 30-minute tutoring sessions during which your tutor will assess your writing both in general and in regards to your specific assignment.

Location & Hours:

Canizaro Library

Sun: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Mon: 2:30pm-4:30pm; 6:00pm-10:00pm

Tues: 2:30pm-4:30pm; 6:00pm-10:00pm

Wed: 2:30pm-4:30pm; 6:00pm-10:00pm

Thurs: 2:30pm-4:30pm; 6:00pm-10:00pm

Appointments are occasionally available outside of the Writing Center’s normal hours. Please email Christopher Alexander at to inquire about available appointment times.


Making an appointment:

Visit the Writing Center to make an appointment with our tutors.

Walk-in tutoring sessions are available. However, scheduled appointments take priority, so if all tutors are already engaged in sessions, walk-ins will be asked to wait until an open slot is available or a no-show occurs.

Sessions are 30 minutes in duration.

Please keep in mind that it is advisable to make appointments in advance. There is no guarantee that a walk-in will be available to meet with a tutor.


What to bring to a tutoring session:

Please bring the following to every session:

Your assignment or paper prompt

Your copy of the primary text

Hard copies of any and all of your drafts, outlines, free-writing, etc.

Prior to your tutoring session, make sure that you have given time to thinking about your assignment. We are happy to help you brainstorm a paper or create an outline, but if you don’t bring your own thoughts to the session, there’s little we can do to help.


Cancellations and No-Shows

If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will lose your scheduled time to any walk-in students who are waiting.

If you know ahead that you will be unable to make it to a scheduled tutoring session, please email The Writing Center so your session can be made available to others.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to



Tutorials, Canizaro Library

See what resources the AMU library has to offer.


Style Guides

Chicago Manual of Style, Quick GuideExternal link

APA Basics, TutorialExternal link