The Writing Commons at the Air University (AU) Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) fosters opportunities for collaboration in academic writing and instruction across AU, and includes the broad functions of faculty support and student writing. In support of AU faculty, the Writing Commons collaborates with the schools and programs to provide workshops, seminars, lectures, and presentations supporting academic writing and instruction. In addition, the Writing Commons fosters “Writing Communities” to create networks in which faculty come together to support one another in writing efforts. In support of AU student writing, the Writing Commons maintains the Online Writing Lab and provides space for faculty consultation. The Writing Commons is in the Teaching & Learning Center located on the second floor of the AU Library.
The Writing Commons fosters opportunities for collaboration in academic writing and instruction across Air University (AU), and includes the broad functions of faculty support and student writing inside and outside of the classroom. The Writing Commons manages the Resident Writing Lab and maintains the Online Writing Lab (OWL). The OWL serves AU faculty, AU nonresident students, Airman worldwide, and the general public. The Resident Writing Lab, housed at the AU Teaching & Learning Center, supports resident AU students.
The Writing Commons is located in the Teaching & Learning Center on the Second Floor, East Wing of the Air University MSFRIC Building (Building 1405).
The Writing Commons administers and manages a public Online Writing Lab (OWL) through the Air Force Public Information Management System (AFPIMS). The OWL serves Airmen worldwide and the general public.
What kind of service does the Writing Lab offer?
The Writing Lab offers 45-minute one-on-one tutoring sessions to all Air University (AU) students. Students are limited to one session per day, no more than two sessions per week, and no more than three sessions for any written assignment. Additionally, the Writing Lab provides academic lessons, workshops, and small group tutoring services. AU students should access the Writing Commons SharePoint to learn about upcoming events.
How do I schedule a tutoring session?
Walk-ins are welcome, but are seen on a first come, first served basis. You are highly encouraged to schedule your tutoring session using the Tutoring Request link. You must have a military or AU email address to schedule an appointment with a tutor. For assistance, please call (334) 953-5454.
How do I prepare for a tutoring session?
Bring your writing assignment instructions and rubric, relevant notes and readings, and a hardcopy of your assignment if in progress.
We will NOT edit or proofread your assignment. However, in reviewing the assignment, the tutor will help you learn how to identify patterns of error and strategies for fixing them. You will not leave with a perfect paper. Rather, the goal of the tutoring session is to help you become a more effective and confident writer over the long term.
How can the Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist me?
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides convenient access to online and print resources along with reference materials that support academic writing and research. You can schedule your tutoring session using the Tutoring Request link.
Where can students get additional writing support?
The Writing Commons manages a public Online Writing Lab (OWL) through the Air Force Public Information Management System (AFPIMS). The public OWL serves Airmen worldwide and the general public. Students can also schedule tutoring appointments with Writing Center tutors who can assist them using the Tutoring Request link.
As Air University faculty, how can the Writing Commons support my writing instruction?
What should I expect from students I teach who visit the Writing Lab?
600 Chennault Circle
Building 1405, 2nd Floor,
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112