In response to Covid-19, the Writing Center has moved to email and Skype instruction through the end of spring semester. You can schedule an appointment for email feedback with a specific instructor here. If you prefer to connect in real time with an instructor, try Skype. You can find additional updates on our Covid-19 page.
If you are a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, you can schedule an appointment with us in the Main Writing Center in Helen C. White by clicking on the button below. You can also meet with us at our satellite locations on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need more flexibility, we also offer limited instruction via Skype and email.
You can also make an appointment by calling the Main Center at 608-263-1992.
If you’re working on multiple papers, a master’s thesis, dissertation, or other extended writing project throughout the semester, you may want to set up a more formalized writing mentorship with the same instructor every week or every other week in the Main Center or via Skype.
Our spring 2020 mentorships are full, but if you’re interested in learning more or would like to be added to the waitlist, please send an email to the Writing Center Assistant Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 six thousand students from across the university—from first-year through doctoral students–benefit from talking and working with a Writing Center instructor or participating in one of our workshops.
We work with writers on everything from thesis statements and organization to grammar and citation methods. We will also be glad to help you learn to edit and proofread your own writing. If you have questions, check out more about what we can and can’t do at the Writing Center or read through the questions and answers below. Still have questions? Email us!
Writing isn’t easy!
At the Writing Center, we work with students at all stages, from first-year undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates. Most of these students have found that writing isn’t an innate talent and instead is a skill that they need to consistently develop. Watch the quick video below to hear from Writing Center students about their struggles with writing.
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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
Who can use the Writing Center?
The Writing Center’s primary audience is currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, which means that the majority of our one-on-one instructional hours are devoted to working with students from all across campus.
If you’re a recent alumnus, faculty, or staff member at UW, we’d love to see you at our workshops and other events. Depending on our availability, we can sometimes offer limited one-on-one writing consultations with alumni, faculty, and staff. Please call us directly to discuss this option.
If you’re a member of the community not directly affiliated with UW-Madison, please visit our Madison Writing Assistance webpage to learn more about the Writing Center’s partnership with Madison libraries.
Do I have to pay to use the Writing Center?
No, all of our services are offered for free. Tuition from currently enrolled UW Madison student funds the Writing Center.
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 together
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)
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
plus many more!
Graduate and Professional Students
Planning long-term projects
Revising for publication
Writing and planning for preliminary/qualifying exams
Theses and dissertations
CVs, teaching philosophy statements, and job letters
plus many more!
What if I'm working on a longer project?
If you’re working on a short, one-time writing project, coming once or twice to a Writing Center location in order to meet with an instructor usually is ideal.
If you’re working on multiple papers for multiple classes throughout the semester, a dissertation, master’s thesis, or similar writing project, you may want to set up a more formalized writing mentorship with the same instructor every week or every other week in the Main Center or via Skype. For more information, please contact the Writing Center Assistant Director (email@example.com).
Where is the Writing Center?
We offer appointments at our main location in 6171 Helen C White Hall. You can make an appointment at our main location using our online scheduler or by calling us at 608-263-1992.
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!
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.