The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Get Feedback on Your Writing!

We help undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process—from choosing a topic to drafting and revising—for any writing project. Each year, more than seven thousand students from across the university--from first-year through doctoral students--benefit from talking and working with a Writing Center instructor.

We help writers learn more about everything from thesis statements and organization to grammar and citation methods, though we don’t edit or proofread your work (check for and fix grammar or formatting errors), we will be glad to help you learn to edit and proofread your own writing. You can read more about what we can’t do at the writing center here.

 

  • What happens during a Writing Center appointment?
  • How should I prepare for a visit to the Writing Center?
  • What kinds of writing can we work on?
  • Where can I make an appointment?
  • How often can I visit the writing center?
  • Who are the instructors at the Writing Center?
  • Can I bring my lapotp/tablet?
  • Will the instructor proofread/edit my paper?
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    What happens during a Writing Center appointment?

    During an appointment, we will talk about your goals, review your writing, and have a conversation about what next steps you might take. After your visit, you’ll leave ready to write or revise!

  • You and your instructor will work together to meet your writing goals
  • Together, you’ll review the prompt, plan, or project
  • Together, you’ll read and talk about your draft or ideas
  • You’ll leave with concrete plans or writing strategies
  • How should I prepare for a visit to the Writing Center?

    Here's how to make the most of your visits:

  • Come early in the semester and come often--make us a regular part of your university experience!
  • Know what writing concerns you'd us like to work on togehter
  • Bring anything that helps explain the assignment or project
  • Plan time for revision
  • What kinds of writing can we work on?

    We help writers at any stage of the writing process--from choosing a topic to drafting and revising--for any writing project. Here are some examples of what we can work on together:

    Undergraduate Students (New, Transfer, or Advanced) Graduate and Professional Students
    Understanding assignments and expectations for academic writing

    Writing for specific disciplines—including History, Biology, Psychology, and Literature—and many more

    Using sources, citations, quoting, and paraphrasing

    Thesis statements, paragraphing, and organization

    Internship and study abroad applications

    Planning for writing longer research papers

    Resumes, cover letters, and business writing

    Applications for graduate and professional school, scholarships

    Poster presentations

    plus many more!
    Seminar papers

    Planning long-term projects

    Revising for publication

    Writing and planning for preliminary/qualifying exams

    Theses and dissertations

    Grant proposals

    Poster presentations

    Conference presentations

    CVs, teaching philosophy statements, and job letters

    Literature reviews

    plus many more!

    Where can I make an appointment?

    We offer appointments at our main location in 6171 Helen C White Hall, our 8 satellite locations across campus, and online through Skype & Google Docs, email, and the Writing Consultant!

    You can make an appointment at our main location using our online scheduler or by calling us at 608-263-1992. Appointments at satellite locations are fist-come, first-served.

    How often can I visit the writing center?

    One hour per week (or 2 half-hour sessions per week). You may use up to 1 hour of individual instruction per week for a total of 10 hours of instruction time during a semester. This limit lets us serve as many writers as possible!

    Want more? Come to one of our great workshops.

    Who are the instructors at the Writing Center?

    Your Writing Center instructors are

    • Doctoral level teaching assistants
    • Trained and experienced writing teachers and writers themselves
    • Supportive, professional consultants who take their cues from you
    • Eager to work with you on making your writing projects as successful as humanly possible

    Read more about them!

    Can I bring my lapotp/tablet?

    Yes! Please do!

    Will the instructor proofread/edit my paper?

    Writing Center instructors are experienced writing teachers who want to help you learn more about writing. Because of our focus on student learning, we don’t proofread (correct all the grammar and formatting errors in a piece of writing), but we do help you learn about grammar, editing, revising, and proofreading on your own!

    Here’s what we can do:

  • You can learn how to revise and proofread your paper.
  • You can ask any grammar and editing questions.
  • And you can learn to do this for yourself!
  • For additional strategies for addressing grammar and style concerns—and much more—take a look at our Writer’s Handbook.

    You may be interested in our grammar and style workshops.

    You may also find it helpful to start with these links: