Marian University Writing Center

The Marian University Writing Center is an active hub within Writing Futures at Marian University and serves the Marian University campus and greater Indianapolis community through in-person and online individual consultations, workshops, events, and collaborative instruction.

  • The center’s commitment to social justice and human dignity informs our practices, and the center maintains a vibrant public presence across Indianapolis through service engagement and community-integrated tutorials. All people, regardless of university affiliation, are encouraged to utilize the center’s literacy and writing support services.
  • We utilize a philosophy of asset-based thinking and view writing and literacy as actions of doing, ways of constructing and exploring personal and social identities, and means of making knowledge. We believe literacy practices—the underlying meaning-making mechanism of individual and social expression—are a universal right. We understand meaningful language practices to be found within a wide variety of codes, dialogues, and modes of expression.
  • Tutorials and support services are based on sound teaching and learning principles, like dialogic inquiry and situated collaborative learning, discourse theory, funds of knowledge, socio-psycholinguist theories of acquisition, and critical pedagogies. The center's primary purpose is to provide a framework for intellectual growth and critical inquiry by using literacy practices as a means of cultivating agency, advocacy, and ownership. 
  • We support and encourage the scholarship and personal growth of our student peer tutors and instructional staff. Peer tutors and instructors present their work at peer-reviewed conferences and are active participants in national conversations about writing center theory, peer tutoring, and engaged and experiential learning. Staff are also encouraged to become actively involved in community-based and collaborative learning.
  • The Marian University Writing Center operates under a shared governance model. A Student Leadership Board composed of upper-level undergraduate students is central to many administrative actions and decisions, like hiring  peer tutors, campus-community outreach, culture-building, record keeping, and training.

Mission Statement

The Marian University Writing Center supports writers and advocates for the personal and social literacy practices of writing.

We view writing as a way of knowing, a way of thinking, and a way of doing. The Writing Center is a physical and rhetorical space constructed through critical collaborative learning, an inquiry process that recognizes diverse literacies, unique funds of knowledge, and different ways of understanding the world as assets for learning. We seek to encourage appreciation of this diversity and believe each writer’s unique perspective is an asset essential to understanding the range and implications of literate and rhetorical choices. We utilize this asset orientation to support the development of writers through a mutually enriching relationship of writer, tutor and community.

Informed by social justice and rigorous scholarship, the Marian University Writing Center believes that meaningful acts of literacy are a way for the individual, the campus and the community to identify and shape personal and public roles. We work to apply this belief when assisting writers to achieve their personal, academic, and public purposes of writing.

Anti-Racism Statement

In its “Position Statement on Racism, Anti-Immigration, and Linguistic Intolerance,” the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) states its direct and unwavering opposition to “the rising tide of implicit and explicit racism” recognized by the organization’s members.

“Within our writing centers and our classrooms, we are made aware daily of the toll exacted by institutional racism on students and staff of color,” the statement continues. It demonstrates the widely dispersed and highly personal impact of this problem. Staff and faculty who work with language—but far more the people marginalized by our social and linguistic system—grapple daily with the fallout of this systemic intolerance and how to contest it.

  • The Marian University Writing Center stands firmly with the IWCA and its position on anti-racism in public engagement, policy, pedagogy and practice, as well as Marian University’s statement on “radical hospitality.” We believe that the Franciscan values of peace and justice, responsible stewardship, dignity of the individual, and reconciliation require this of us, at a minimum, both for writing center employees and the community with whom we work.
  • The Writing Center will continue its mission to open its doors to all who visit, free of charge or judgement. We will actively contest the many implicit and explicit manifestations of racism within our culture, political system, language, grammar, and more.

Fall 2017 Hours and Locations

Writing Center, Clare Hall 021

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Marian University Library

  • Sunday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Marian University Exchange

  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Graduate Tutoring (Library 2nd Floor)

  • Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Writing Center Outdoors

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Current Student Leadership Board: 


Claire Thompson

I am a super crafty and artsy dork. I am obsessed with Netflix and finding the most random and obscure movies possible and watching them with my family. I come from a large family. I am the youngest of five kids and I have over 40 cousins on my mom's side alone; needless to say, family is very important to me. I love working in the Writing Center because I can help people discover their own possibility and voice. 


Rachel Carroll

I come from a Navy family; my dad served 20 years and my brother is currently serving. I was born in Norfolk, Virginia (fun fact: Norfolk has the largest naval base in the world) and now I live near Cincinnati, Ohio. My favorite hobbies include baking, singing, drawing, and painting. On campus, I am involved in the San Damiano Scholar program, Campus Ministry, Sacred Choir, and Life Group.

Therese Miller

I enjoy many kinds of writing, especially creative writing. One of my favorite hobbies besides writing is knitting hats (I only do hats). I always enjoy a nice warm drink, even on hot days. 


Visit our Writing Center Blog and Facebook page for the most current information. 

Meeting people through student government
Getting involved in student government helped Oluwabanwo Adeniyi '21 feel like she’s part of the campus community.
Watch Bami's story
Building relationships with faculty and coaches
After he explored his college options, Conor Smith '20 decided to choose Marian because of his interest in athletics and exercise science.
Read Conor's story
Following her dream to be a dentist
After graduating cum laude with Marian's Class of 2017, Chrislyn (Church) Fite is well on her way.
Read Chrislyn's story

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