Madison Writing Assistance: Celebration of Writing

The written word is interwoven into the fabric of our lives – as individuals, families, communities, and cultures. Come celebrate the power of writing with Madison Writing Assistance at our Roundtable and Story Exchange events this April! You’ll find inspiration and advice, and you’ll learn more about how MWA can support the writing you undertake every day, whether for school, work, or pure enjoyment. 

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Deadline Extended!

Submit by Sunday, April 25 for your entry to be included in the UW Writing Center’s award-winning blog, Another Word.

Story Exchange

Tell us about your relationship with writing. We are all writers, even if we are not published authors. Writing emerges in different modes and forms: text messages, emails, personal statements, cover letters, vows, eulogies, homework assignments, journal entries. So much of what we write goes unremarked upon, but it certainly isn’t unremarkable. 

Call for Submissions!

As part of the 2021 Celebration of Writing program, we are organizing a story exchange, which aims to amplify and highlight the voices of Madison-area writers–creative, technical, academic, and everyday writers. To this end, we invite submissions of brief accounts about your relationship with writing. 

You can participate in our “story exchange” by submitting a short piece of writing, video, or audio to us to share your story as a writer. We will curate and publish your accounts or anecdotes on the UW-Madison Writing Center’s award-winning blog Another Word on Tuesday, May 4.

Your submission may inspire others to recognize their labor as writers and to push forward on their writing journeys. 

What to submit

In a single sentence or up to 250 words (or up to 60 seconds of video/audio), share your writing experiences by responding to one of the following questions:

  1. What’s a time when a piece of writing you did had a direct impact on your life?
  2. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
  3. What does it mean to think of yourself as a writer?

How to submit

We welcome submissions in different modalities – written response, video, or audio. Submit your writing/recording through this Google Form.

If you have any questions or concerns about uploading your submission, email us at mwahelp@gmail.com or leave a voice message at (608) 616-0695.

Virtual Roundtable

Join our virtual roundtable where experienced writers and experts in communications will share their perspectives and recommendations on tackling challenges in persuasive writing.

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Zoom (you will receive a link when you register)

Register for the event here

Writing for Change

The path toward personal, organizational, and social change often presents obstacles that can be addressed or overcome through writing. Perhaps you want to draft a letter to persuade authority figures–such as public officials or supervisors–to consider changing their decisions. Perhaps you are trying to polish a business proposal or grant application to raise funds. Perhaps you are tasked with creating a slogan for a campaign. The list goes on.

This roundtable conversation will highlight the many ways that members of our community use writing to make change happen. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with our speakers during a Q&A.

Featured Speakers

Liz Boyd, Marketing Specialist with Madison Public Library

Marisol Gonzalez, Bilingual Programs Specialist & Spanish Tutor with Aprende, LLC; Alumna of the UW-Odyssey Project, UW Writers’ Institute

Kevin Mullen, Co-Director of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project

Robert Wynn, President of CLIMB; Founder, Asset Builders of America, Inc.

A collage of photos with the text "Writing for Change." Photos depict featured speakers Robert Wynn, Marisol Gonzalez, Kevin Mullen, and Liz Boyd.
Photos of our featured speakers: Robert Wynn (top left), Marisol Gonzalez (bottom left), Kevin Mullen (top right), and Liz Boyd (bottom right).

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members over phone, video chat, and email. When it’s safe for us to gather safely in public again, MWA can also be found at libraries and neighborhood centers throughout the city. at libraries and neighborhood centers throughout the city of Madison. MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa International of Madison, and through administrative support from the UW-Madison Writing Center and our library and neighborhood center partners.