Locations & Hours

The Writing Center is open during Summer Term 2020! We will be offering all-virtual services this summer to comply with the University’s move to online instruction. You can schedule a live Virtual Meeting or a Written Feedback appointment here. Please refer to our Summer Term page for updates.

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Main Center

Our main location with the largest staff is located at 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.

Meet with us!

Summer 2020 Hours

We are offering all-virtual services this summer to comply with the University’s move to online instruction.

4-WEEK SESSION: MAY 18 THROUGH JUNE 12

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (Closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25)

8-WEEK SESSION: JUNE 15 THROUGH AUGUST 7

Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Fall 2020 Hours: TBD

 

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.

Students use the Writing Center for all kinds of writing

Whether they’re working on a lab report for an introductory biology class or a philosophy dissertation, UW-Madison students come to the Writing Center to work on many different types of drafts. Watch the quick video below to hear from students about why they chose to work with a Writing Center instructor.

On-campus, Drop-in Satellites*

*Please note that satellite locations do not open until Week 4 of the fall and spring semesters.

First come, first served instruction.

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.

Black Cultural Center

  • Location:  You’ll find us in the Red Gym on the first floor. Look for the Writing Center sign!
  • Open Hours:
    • Wednesday:  10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Center for Cultural Enrichment

  • Location:  Witte Hall, Room 125. We’re at Witte Hall, off the main lobby. Look for us at a table with the Writing Center sign!
  • Open Hours: 
    • Monday:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Multicultural Student Center

  • Location:  We’re at the Red Gym, Second Floor, MSC Student Org Suite. Look for the Writing Center sign!
  • Open Hours:
    • Monday:  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Thursday:  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chadbourne Residential College

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  • Location:  Find us at the Student Engagement Center, Room 112.
  • Open Hours:
    • Sunday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dejope Residence Hall

  • Location:  We’re in Tutoring Room 1116, down the hall from the Bean and Creamery coffee shop. Look for our sign!
  • Open Hours: 
    • Sunday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Monday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Thursday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Gordon Dining Commons

  • Location:  Our table is near the East Campus Mall entrance, across from the Flamingo Run. Look for the Writing Center sign!
  • Open Hours: 
    • Sunday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Monday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Thursday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

College Library

  • Location:  The student services area is on the first floor of College Library, to the right of the entrance.
  • Open Hours:
    • Sunday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Monday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Thursday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 

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!
  • Open Hours: 
    • Sunday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Monday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Written Feedback

As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can get Written Feedback from a Writing Center instructor. The instructor will read your work, 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, 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 to set up a series of appointments with the same instructor.

MAKING AN APPOINTMENT

The Writing Center’s instructional services are now rolled into one platform–WCOnline! This is the same platform that students use for scheduling their appointments. Now, instead of going outside of the system to receive online feedback, you can upload your draft for Written Feedback (previously Email) right in WCOnline. If you want to learn more, check out this video.

When making an appointment, look carefully beneath the instructors’ names. There you’ll find the type of instruction that the instructor is offering. If it says “Written Feedback & Virtual Meeting,” you will be able to select ONE type of instruction for your appointment.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK

If you choose Written Feedback, you will need to upload your draft and assignment information (see upload boxes File #1, File #2, File #3 at the bottom of the appointment form). You are able to upload this material at any time before the start of your appointment. Please note: to receive written feedback, your assignment will need to be uploaded in DOC/DOCX or RTF format.

Our instructors are typically able to respond to about 6 typed, double-spaced pages in the 45 minutes allotted for each appointment. We encourage you to indicate which specific aspects of your draft you’d like feedback on.

Once your instructor responds to your draft, you’ll receive an email notification that your appointment has been modified or that someone has responded to your writing. You can expect to receive feedback by 5:00 PM on the day of your appointment, unless otherwise indicated.

Writing Consultant

Have a quick writing question?

Do you have nagging questions about sentence structure? Are you not sure your thesis is clear? Is some grammatical rule causing you to lose sleep? If so, then help is on the way!

Send your questions to the Writing Consultant! Simply fill out this form and you’ll receive a response via email within three business days.

But if you have a question about documenting sources, why wait for an answer? Check out our website’s extensive information on APA, Chicago, MLA, and other styles, and find your own answer immediately! Our Writer’s Handbook also has lots of information on grammar, punctuation, and style.

Here are some important pointers to help you get the most out of your Writing Consultant experience:

  • If you have a question about documentation style, please specify which style you’re using (e.g., APA, CBE, MLA, Chicago).
  • The more specific and precise your questions are, the better we can assist you. If possible, give us an example.

Virtual Meeting Appointments

As a currently enrolled UW–Madison student, you can meet with a Writing Center instructor through WCOnline’s Virtual Meeting (previously Skype) platform for real-time, synchronous sessions. These sessions 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. If you want to learn more, check out this video.

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 Virtual Meeting appointment per week.

How to sign up for an appointment

The Writing Center’s instructional services are now rolled into one platform–WCOnline! This is the same platform that students use for scheduling their appointments.

When making an appointment, look carefully beneath the instructors’ names. There you’ll find the type of instruction that the instructor is offering. If it says “Written Feedback & Virtual Meeting,” you will be able to select ONE type of instruction for your appointment.

How to attend your Virtual Meeting

Log back into WCOnline approximately five to ten minutes before the start of your appointment. Then, open this appointment and click “Start or Join Virtual Meeting.”

In the Virtual Meeting, you should be able to see your instructor in a small window at the left of the screen. If you select your camera, your instructor should also be able to see you as well. If you prefer, you can meet with your instructor by audio only (without video). Please make sure that your microphone is activated for the appointment. At the right of your screen, you’ll find a chat bar where you can instant-message your instructor.

The whiteboard is the centerpiece of the Virtual Meeting. There, you will upload your draft, and you’ll be able to discuss it in live time. The instructor can make comments within your draft using bold text in brackets [like this]. Any color-coding will not be retained when you download and save the commented-on version, but the brackets and text will be. Your feedback will remain present in WCOnline after your appointment, so you can always log back in to see it while you are revising your draft.

If you encounter any technical issues, your instructor will call you at the number you have provided in WCOnline.

*Please note that all Virtual Meeting sessions are 45 minutes in length, so as to allow time for any technology problems that might occur. A typical Virtual Meeting appointment is scheduled as a 30 to 35-minute session (or up to 45 minutes, of course, if there are no technological issues).

Madison Writing Assistance

**NOTICE: For the health and safety of our patrons and instructors, all MWA instructional services will take place remotely for the duration of our summer term. Please see information below about how to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our instructors by phone, video chat, or email.**

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members, traditionally at libraries and neighborhood centers throughout the city (see map at the bottom of this page), and now online. Our friendly, experienced instructors are happy to help people with their writing across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, creative writing, and various forms of life writing.

MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, and Altrusa International of Madison, along with administrative and program support from the UW-Madison English Department, the UW-Madison Writing Center, and our library and neighborhood center partners.

HOURS & DATES OF SERVICE

For Summer 2020, we will offer free weekly writing assistance from Monday, June 1, through Saturday, August 1. Please note that MWA services will not be available on Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

MWA instruction will be available on the following days and times throughout the summer term (June 1 through August 1):

Mondays           11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays          10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays         4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fridays               3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays           1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

For the health and safety of our community, all MWA writing support will be offered remotely for the summer term. Options for remote writing assistance include (1) written feedback via email, (2) face-to-face conversation via Google Meet, and (3) conversation via phone. 

To make an appointment, please first check our available days and times by visiting the schedule posted at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y9pzylnv. This schedule is updated daily so you can view what time slots are available in the coming week.

Then, request an appointment by emailing our staff at mwahelp@gmail.com. In your email, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Whether you’ve met with an MWA instructor earlier this summer
  • Date and time of your requested appointment (it’s helpful if you could list 2-3 times that would work for you)
  • Your preference for an email, video chat, or phone appointment
  • A brief description of your writing project

A member of our staff will reply to your email as soon as possible to confirm your appointment and connect you with your instructor. 

MADISON WRITING ASSISTANCE STAFF

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

  • Angela Zito, Interim Director
  • Tim Cavnar, Assistant Director

INSTRUCTORS FOR SUMMER 2020

  • Emily B.
  • Erica K.
  • Hadis G.
  • Holly B.
  • Mary-Kate K.
  • Mike H.
  • Weishun L.

CONTACT US

If you have a question for Madison Writing Assistance staff, you can email us at mwahelp@gmail.com.

MAP

View Madison Writing Assistance locations in a map of the city. Click a location for more information.