The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Main location
Make an appointment

Skype Instruction
Monday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

Email Instruction
Response in 3 business days

Satellite Locations
First come, first served instruction

Locations & Hours

 

We help undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. We believe that writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but also for discovering new ones...
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Individual Writing Instruction

Main location

Our main location with the largest staff is 6171 Helen C. White Hall (600 North Park Street). We see students by appointment at this location, and we're often booked up several days in advance, so please plan ahead. Currently enrolled UW-Madison students can make appointments online. Information about scheduling appointments at our main center is available here.

Main Location Hours

  Monday Tuesday Wedneday Thursday Friday
September 6 - September 22

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. - 3:00 p.m.

September 25 - December 13

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. - 3:00 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.

Skype & Google Docs Appointments

 

As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can meet with a Writing Center instructor live using Skype and Google Docs Monday–Thursday from 7:00–10:00 p.m. These appointments are very much like face–to–face appointments in our main center or at one of our satellite locations: they are collaborative conversations in which both you and the tutor ask questions, share information, and think through solutions.

Appointments are available first–come, first–serve, and you can sign up Monday through Thursday beginning at 6:45 p.m., fifteen minutes before Skype instruction begins, through our online sign-up sheet.

Skype Instruction Hours

  Monday Tuesday Wedneday Thursday
September 25 - December 13

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 

 

In conjunction with our appointment policies, we have a limit of 1 hour of instruction per student per week with a total of 10 hours for the whole semester. As such, students are limited to one Skype appointment per week.

How to sign up for an appointment
  1. If you don't already have a Skype account, sign up for one. (It's easy!)
  2. When the video satellite is open (6:45-10pm Monday-Thursday), 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!

Email Instruction

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

by 11:59 p.m. Monday

by 11:59pm Thursday

by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday

by 11:59pm Friday

by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday

by 11:59pm Monday

by 11:59 p.m. Thursday

by 11:59pm Tuesday

by 11:59 p.m. Friday

by 11:59pm Wednesday

 

Just like in the main center and our satellite locations, we are not always able 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!

Request email instruction here!


Satellite Locations

NOTE: Satellite locations do not open until the third week of the semsester, September 17th.

 

First come, first served instruction.

Satellite Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Center for Cultural Enrichment

Witte, off the lobby

 

6:30-9:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Multicultural Student Center

Red Gym, Room 243

 

2:00-5:00 p.m.

 

5:30-8:30 p.m.

5:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Black Cultural Center

Red Gym, First Floor

       

2:00-5:00 p.m.

College Library

Student Services

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Memorial Library

West Corridor

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

Chadbourne

Rheta's

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m.

 

Dejope

Tutor room

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Gordon DEC

Near Flamingo Run

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

6:30-9:30 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m.

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Skype

writing.wisc.edu/skype

 

7-10 p.m.

7-10 p.m.

7-10 p.m.

7-10 p.m.

 

The Sign-Up Sheet

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.

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

 

 

Center for Cultural Enrichment

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!

Multicultural Student Center

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!

Black Cultural Center *NEW!*

Location: You'll find us in the Red Gym on the first floor. Look for the Writing Center sign!

Sign up: Instruction at the BCC satellite is first-come, first-served. Sign up early at the Writing Center's table to reserve your spot!

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!

Memorial Library

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!

Chadbourne Residential College

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!

Dejope Residence Hall

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

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!

 

 

Workshops

Check out the full list of workshops that we are offering this fall here!

 

Classroom Outreach

Schedule a class visit