The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Individual Writing Instruction
Locations & Hours

About individual instruction

Main location
by appointment

Satellites
first-come, first-served
Twitter updates
Map of satellites

Skype

Email instruction

Need instruction soon?

Closed Winter Break, December 18–January 20.

Locations and Hours

Main location

  • 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.
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Satellite locations

Satellite Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Center for Cultural Enrichment 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. 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.

Twitter

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.

Map of Locations


View Writing Center on-campus locations in a larger map

Skype

Skype instruction is open September 14–December 11

As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can meet with a Writing Center instructor live using Skype's audio/video chat.

Photo by Casey Kenney

How to meet a Writing Center instructor on Skype

  1. If you don't already have a Skype account, sign up for one. (It's easy!)
  2. When the video satellite is open, load the sign-up sheet and register for an appointment.
  3. When your time arrives, your instructor will ping you on Skype and begin the session!

Note: Skype instruction will begin again in the spring.


Email instruction

Email instruction will be available again in the spring semester

Email instruction staff, spring 2013. Photo by Jessie Reeder

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.

What sort of response will I receive?

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, so we will not be able to comment on every aspect of your draft in a single review.

What kinds of papers can I send?

Papers up 6 pages (double-spaced) are best suited to email instruction. We can occasionally accept drafts up to 10 pages (double-spaced), but these drafts take longer to respond to. If your draft is longer than 10 pages, try one of our other helpful services to set up a series of appointments with the same instructor.

Can I work with an instructor via email on my thesis/dissertation?

Unfortunately, because demand for email instruction is so high, we are unable to make continuous appointments to discuss long writing projects (senior theses, dissertations). For these longer projects, we recommend working with the same instructor on an ongoing basis over a long period of time. It takes that kind of sustained work for an instructor to understand a project and for the writer and instructor to work collaboratively. Dividing a long project into segments without conversation is not in a writer's best interest and doesn't match the Writing Center's pedagogical philosophy. In our other locations we serve many students with longer projects, devoting much in person time to those students. Email instruction is devoted to students composing shorter pieces of writing.

When will I receive a response?

Please send your draft well before its due date so our feedback reaches you in time for you to revise. We will contact you regarding your submission 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

Just like in the main center and our satellite locations, we are not always to help every student with each draft. If we are not able to accommodate your request, we will notify you as soon as possible.

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!

Email instruction is closed until the spring semester.


Main Location—6171 Helen C. White Hall

Photo by Jessie Reeder

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

Main Location Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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.

Directions

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.


Satellite Locations

The sign-up sheet

Photo by Bryce Richter

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.

Center for Cultural Enrichment

A Writing Center tutor meets with a student in the Center for Cultural Enrichment
Photo by Danielle Warthen

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!

Chadbourne Residential College

Rheta's in Chadbourne
Photo by Jeff Miller

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!

College Library

Students using the Student Services Area
Photo by College Library

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!

Dejope Residence Hall

conference in Elizabeth Waters
Photo by Mike A. Shapiro

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!

Gordon Dining & Event Center

Gordon Dining area
Photo by Bryce Richter

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!

Memorial Library

Photo by Mike A. Shapiro

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!

Multicultural Student Center

Conference in the MSC
Photo by Mike A. Shapiro

Location: You'll find us on the mezzanine level in the lounge area. 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!


If you need instruction soon...

  • 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.