Writing Center

Become a better writer by using the Writing Center. All currently registered St. Edward’s students may use our services.

Welcome to the Writing Center. We are experienced writing faculty eager to help you with any part of the writing process and with any writing task. We are located in Room 230A in the Munday Library.


  • To check for available appointments, schedule an appointment, or cancel an appointment, please use TutorTrac, our online scheduling app.
    • To cancel, click the X in the corner of your appointment block more than 2 hours before the appointment is to begin.
  • For help navigating TutorTrac, please use this step-by-step walkthrough.


  • If you wish to cancel your appointment, you must cancel (using Tutor Trac) at least two hours before the scheduled time.
  • To cancel, click the X in the corner of your appointment block more than 2 hours before the appointment is to begin.
  • If you do not cancel the appointment at least two hours before (and do not attend the appointment), you will be marked as “missed.”
  • Two missed appointments will bar you from scheduling any further appointments for the rest of the semester.


Appointments are for 30 minutes each and begin at the scheduled time. During the regular school year:

  • Undergraduate students (except Capstone) may schedule up to three 30-minute appointments per week.
  • Capstone and graduate students may schedule up to four 30-minute appointments per week (and usually do so in one-hour blocks by stacking back-to-back appointments)

During Summer semesters:

  • All students may schedule up to four 30-minute appointments per week.
    • Capstone and graduate students, if they wish, may stack those four appointments a week into 2- one-hour blocks on different days.

No student in any semester may schedule more than 60 minutes of appointments on one day. Please be on time for your appointment, and be sure to bring the assignment as well as your hard-copy draft. We cannot print your draft for you. Printing is available in the computer labs.

If you are a current New College or graduate student, you may use us for a face-to-face appointment and also use the OWL (Online Writing Lab). The OWL is for New College and graduate students only.


As writing teacher Ben Raforth argues:

  • “Writing isn’t easy and tutors can help […]
  • Tutors are able to discuss writing in a way that moves you forward. They create idea-rich conversations.
  • Writing centers instill confidence that you are on the right track, or help you get there if you’re not.
  • Writers need readers.”


Current students, faculty and staff may come to the center for help with any writing project, including

  • formal and informal essays, letters, and journals;
  • mission course papers (e.g., Capstone and American Dilemmas);
  • technical reports, memos, summaries, case studies, group reports, PowerPoint presentations, and other assignments;
  • creating writing assignments and assessment instruments;
  • graduate school and scholarship essays; and
  • cover letters and resumes.

To help our clients become better writers, our faculty first focus on the big concerns, such as

  • thesis/main idea;
  • purpose and genre;
  • content development–outlines, rough drafts, and revisions;
  • introduction/conclusion;
  • organization;
  • transitions; and
  • MLA and APA documentation and use of authoritative sources.

When necessary, we will also provide assistance with grammar, mechanics, and style. However, we are not an editing or proofreading service. The writing center is a place of learning, connected to larger goals that the university has for its students. Thus, in addition to improving your project now, we want to help you become a better writer in the long run. We focus on teaching, not necessarily on getting all the way through any particular draft in an appointment.

As writing professor John Duffy puts it, “[T]o the extent that writing center conversations encourage participants to practice, in classroom and community settings, the virtues so strikingly absent from our present public discourse, we may say that writing centers contribute not only to individual character development but toward better forms of public argument, and thus to the common good.”

How and Why do St. Edward’s Students Use the Writing Center?

Watch the video to hear from students in their own words:

The purpose of this site is to provide information about and access to the Writing Center for university students, faculty, and staff. For more information about this page or the St. Edward’s Writing Center, contact Drew M. Loewe.