Locations and Hours
The Writing Center is open September 3–December 18
- Our main location with the largest staff is 6171 Helen C. White Hall (600 North Park Street).
- Schedule an appointment up to 3 weeks in advance by calling us at 608-263-1992 or stopping by.
Satellites are open September 15–December 12
|Center for Cultural Enrichment||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Chadbourne||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.|
|College Library||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.|
|Dejope||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Gordon Dining & Event Center||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Memorial Library||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.|
|Multicultural Student Center||2–5 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.||6:30–9:30 p.m.|
|Skype||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.||7–10 p.m.|
In the evening, our Twitter feed lists recently reported openings. To sign up for a slot, go in person to that location and add your name to the sign-up sheet.Tweets by @uwwritingcenter
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Skype instruction is open September 15–December 12
As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can meet with a Writing Center instructor live using Skype's audio/video chat.
How to meet a Writing Center instructor on Skype
- If you don't already have a Skype account, sign up for one. (It's easy!)
- When the video satellite is open, load the sign-up sheet and register for an appointment.
- When your time arrives, your instructor will ping you on Skype and begin the session!
Email instruction is available September 3–December 18
As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can get feedback from a Writing Center instructor over email. The instructor will read your work and begin an email exchange with you about your paper, paying particular attention to your goals and concerns.
Your instructor will help you identify 1 or 2 revisions that can significantly strengthen your work. As in a face-to-face writing conference, our time is limited. Instructors typically have 30 minutes per draft, and so we will not be able to comment on every aspect of your draft in a single review.
We accept drafts up to 1,500 words, which is about five double-spaced pages. If you are writing something longer, send us your full draft but let us know what 1,500 words of your draft we should focus on.
Please send your draft well before its due date so our feedback reaches you in time for you to revise. We will respond to your draft within three business days:
|You submit||We respond|
|between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Monday||by 5 p.m. Wednesday|
|between 5 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Tuesday||by 5 p.m. Thursday|
|between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday||by 5 p.m. Friday|
|between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday||by 5 p.m. Monday|
|between 5 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday||by 5 p.m. Tuesday|
During busy times of the semester (before midterms, holidays, and finals), we may be unable to accommodate your request or your request may be delayed; in that case, we will notify you as soon as we know about the delay.
Submit your draft
Fill out our request form carefully so that your writing instructor can understand your project and your concerns.Note: While we wish we could respond to every draft, due to the popularity of email instruction, we can only respond to one email draft per writer per week. Please choose the piece of writing most important to you for submission and make sure you read feedback carefully in order to apply our advice to future writing. We look forward to working with you!
We see students by appointment at this location, and we're often booked up several days in advance, so please call ahead at 608-263-1992! We do receive cancellations, though, so call or stop by to see what's available.
Hours at our main location
|First 3 weeks||10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Rest of semester||10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
|Finals week||10 a.m.–3 p.m.||10 a.m.–3 p.m.||10 a.m.–3 p.m.|
Helen C. White Hall is across the street from the Memorial Union and from Science Hall, on Lake Mendota. Take the stairs or elevators located to the left of the entrance to College Library. Upon reaching the sixth floor, turn left (from the stairs) or right (from the elevator), and then turn right down the corridor. The Writing Center is the first door on the left.
All of the Writing Center's satellite locations use a sign-up sheet to organize our first-come, first-served instruction. When the Writing Center instructor arrives at a location (typically 5 or 10 minutes before the listed start time), the sign-up sheet will appear and students who are waiting will be invited to sign up for a single 30-minute meeting with the instructor.
In the evening, Writing Center instructors report openings on Twitter. To sign up for a reported availability, go in person to that location and add your name to the sign-up sheet.
Location: Witte Hall, off the main lobby. Look for us at a table with the Writing Center Sign.
Sign up: Instruction at our CCE satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up at the table early in the evening to reserve your spot!
Location: Rheta's, in the booths at the back to the left when you walk in.
Sign up: Instruction at our Chadbourne satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up at the booth early in the evening to reserve your spot!
Location: The student services area is on the first floor of College Library, to the right of the entrance.
Sign up: Instruction at our College Library satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up at the booth early in the evening to reserve your spot!
Location: We're in Tutoring Room 1116 down the hall from the Bean and Creamery coffee shop. Look for our sign!
Sign up: Instruction at the Dejope Hall satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up at the Writing Center table early in the evening to reserve your spot!
Location: Our table is near the East Campus Mall entrance, across from the Flamingo Run. Look for the Writing Center sign!
Sign up: Instruction at the Gordon satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up early at the Writing Center's table to reserve your spot!
Location: Our table is on the ground floor, west corridor, near the library mall exit facing the Historical Society. Look for the Writing Center sign!
Sign up: Instruction at the Memorial Library satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up early at the Writing Center's table to reserve your spot!
Location: The MSC is on the 2nd floor of the Red Gym. You can find us in the Reading Room, across from the Computer Lab. Look for the Writing Center sign!
Sign up: Instruction at the MSC satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up early at the Writing Center's table to reserve your spot!
- We get cancellations all the time at our main location. Call our friendly receptionists at 608-263-1992 to see if we have an opening that works for you.
- Check our Twitter feed to see if any satellites report openings. Go in person to that satellite to add your name to the sign-up sheet.
- You can usually sign up early at satellite locations by arriving 10 or 15 minutes before the location opens. (Lines can form at our busiest locations during the busiest weeks of the year.)
- We can usually provide email instruction within 3 business days of your submission.
- Our Writer's Handbook can help you tackle the kinds of assignments and problems common to students at UW-Madison.