The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
About The Writing Center
General Information and FAQs

The Writing Center's programs are staffed by career writing instructors, doctoral teaching assistants from composition and rhetoric and literary studies, and undergraduate Writing Fellows. All tutors in Writing Center programs are highly trained, expert readers and are qualified to offer help with writing in all disciplines and at all levels.

For more information about our services and programs, read our detailed overview of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Writing Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Is everything here free?

The Writing Center does not charge for any of its services. Our individual instruction and workshops are offered free of charge to all currently registered University of Wisconsin-Madison students.

How do I ask a general question or one about a topic not listed below?

If you have questions about any of the Writing Center’s services, please email wcenter@writing.wisc.edu.

Appointments and the Writing Center

How can I work with a tutor on a writing assignment?

Writing Center instructors are available by appointment (in our main location), by first-come first-served (in our dorm and library locations), and by email. Read more here!

How can I schedule an appointment?

Call our friendly and knowledgeable telephone staff at 608-263-1992 or visit us in 6171 Helen C. White Hall (600 North Park Street) during business hours.

We do not schedule appointments for individual instruction by email.

How can I reschedule an appointment?

You can reschedule an appointment by calling us at 608-263-1992 or by visiting us in 6171 Helen C. White Hall (600 North Park Street) during business hours.

How can I cancel an appointment?

You can cancel an appointment by calling 608-263-1992 at any time.

Please cancel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment so that we can give the time to another student. If you do not show up for an appointment or cancel it very late you may lose the opportunity to make more appointments that semester. "No-shows" and late cancellers deny other students a chance to use the Writing Center, and we take that very seriously. Please help us to make the most of our resources.

How can I ask a quick question about writing?

Do you have nagging questions about sentence structure? Is some grammatical rule causing you to lose sleep? Don't know where to begin with a documentation style? If so, send your questions to the Writing Consultant.

Can alumni use the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is happy to offer limited consultations to alumni early in the semester. Because our instruction is funded by student tuition, we give first priority to currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Call us at 608-263-1992 to schedule an appointment, and let the receptionist know that you are alumni and that you would like to be scheduled during a time that is otherwise quiet for the Writing Center.

Who can use your computer lab?

The computer lab is open during regular Writing Center hours and is available to all UW-Madison students. Our computer lab is also a teaching facility and will occasionally be closed for classes. Keep in mind that this lab, unlike the DoIT labs, does not have support staff. If you think you’ll need a lot of computer assistance, you may want to work at a different lab.

Workshops

Do I need to register for Writing Center workshops?

Writing Center workshops require advance registration.

How can I register for a Writing Center workshop?

Register through the web page of the workshop you wish to attend.

How can I confirm my registration for a Writing Center workshop?

To confirm or double check your registration, call our friendly telephone staff at 608-263-1992 or email us at classes@writing.wisc.edu.

How can I cancel my registration for a Writing Center workshop?

To cancel your registration, fill out the registration cancellation form.

Where do workshops take place?

Unless otherwise indicated, all Writing Center workshops meet in or adjacent to 6171 Helen C. White Hall.

For faculty, academic staff, and TAs

I'm a UW-Madsion professor, an academic staff instructor, or a teaching assistant. How can I arrange a Writing Center instructor to visit my or co-teach my class?

Your students are more likely to visit the Writing Center after a member of our staff has made a brief presentation about our services in your class. Every year, we make such presentations in undergraduate and graduate courses across campus.

Arrange a class visit.

How can I learn more about teaching with writing?

You can learn more about the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program here.

I'm a professor or academic staff instructor. How can I find out more about having a Writing Fellow work with one of my courses?

Professors teaching small Writing Intensive or Comm-B classes without TAs can ask to work with Writing Fellows. Learn more here.

I'm a visiting scholar or UW-Madison staff member. Can I receive individual instruciton on my writing?

The Writing Center is happy to offer limited consultations to visiting scholars early in the semester. Because our instruction is funded by student tuition, we give first priority to currently-enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Call us at 608-263-1992 to schedule an appointment, and let the receptionist know that you are a visiting scholar or staff member and that you would like to be scheduled during a time that is otherwise quiet for the Writing Center.

Website

How can I get permission to link to the Writing Center website or use Writing Center instructional materials for my teaching?

If you would like permission to add a link to the Writing Center on your website or to use handouts reproduced from the Writer's Handbook, please email us here.

We have developed numerous handouts that you can duplicate for use in your teaching. For many of these handouts, see our website, under “Writer’s Handbook,” or request a copy of a specific handout to be sent to you via campus mail by email.

How do I give the Writing Center feedback about the website?

At the Writing Center we believe in revision. Ask anyone.

But it’s not just what we tell everyone who walks in the door. It’s what we do. This web site is no exception to our rule. We’re constantly revising, improving, and responding to the feedback that people are kind enough to take the time to give us.

You can be one of those people! Please, take a moment and fill out this form to tell us what you think about our web site, or about anything we do (in an official capacity, of course). We appreciate the opportunity to make our resources more useful to you!