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.
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!
To request email feedback, please fill out this form.