Setting Up Your Account
To schedule an individual writing appointment, you will need to set up an account through our scheduling software, WCOnline. It’s easy to do! Click on the “Make an Appointment” button to register with WCOnline using your UW-Madison NetID. Once registered, you will be linked to the online scheduler. If you have trouble registering, please call the Writing Center at (608) 263-1992.
What Kind of Writing Appointment Do You Need?
The Writing Center supports undergraduate and graduate writers with writing of all kinds, at all stages, and across all disciplines. During an appointment, we will talk with you about your goals, review your writing with you, and discuss next steps you might take. In the process, we can help you learn more about everything from thesis statements and organization to grammar and citation methods.
Learn more about the types of appointments we offer and find out which appointment is right for you. Click for a downloadable PDF showing our services for students.
- In-Person Meetings at our Main Center
- In-Person Meetings at our Satellite Locations
- Virtual Meetings
- Written Feedback
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.
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. (The Writing Center cannot be accessed from within 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.
Check out this video to learn more about In-Person Appointments and see a demonstration of where we’re located.
Sign up for a same-day appointment with an instructor at one of the Writing Center’s satellite locations by logging into WCOnline using the button above. Appointments may be available on a drop-in basis as well.
Our Writing Center satellite locations begin operating in Week 4 of the semester, which means that this spring, satellite appointments will start on Sunday, February 12, 2023. These will continue through Thursday, May 4, 2023. All Writing Center locations and services will be closed for UW-Madison’s spring recess, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and extending through Sunday, March 19. Services will resume on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Satellites Across Campus
Black Cultural Center
You’ll find us in the Red Gym on the first floor. Look for the Writing Center sign!
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
February 15–May 2
Center for Cultural Enrichment
We’re in Witte Hall, Room 125, off the main lobby. Look for us at a table with the Writing Center sign!
Mondays, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
February 13–May 1
We are also available in Witte Hall, Classroom 106 on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 6:15–9:15 p.m.
Multicultural Student Center
We’re at the Red Gym, Second Floor, MSC Student Org Suite. Look for the Writing Center sign!
Tuesdays, 1–4 p.m.
February 14–May 2
Chadbourne Residential College
Find us in the CRC Tutoring Room 112, which is located on the first floor, just inside main doors after you enter the atrium. If you're not sure where to go, ask at the information desk.
Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
February 12–May 4
Dejope Residence Hall
We’re in the Tutoring Room 1116. Look for our sign! If you're not sure where to go, ask at the Hall Desk.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
February 13–May 4
Witte Residence Hall
We are located in Classroom 106 in Witte. Look for the Writing Center sign! If you're not sure where to go, ask at the Hall Desk.
Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
February 12–May 3
We are also available to meet in Witte Hall on Monday evenings, 6:15-9:15 p.m., in the Center for Cultural Enrichment (Room 125, which is off the main lobby).
We are located in the student services area on the first floor of College Library, to the right of the entrance and behind the main information desk.
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 6:15–9:15 p.m.
February 12–May 3
Find us on the 6th floor of Memorial Library, at the round table near the elevators. Note that students accessing this location will need to enter the library through the security gates to reach the elevators.
Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
February 13–May 4
Virtual Meetings connect students with Writing Center instructors through real-time, face-to-face appointments in WCOnline, our online appointment system. Virtual Meetings allow us to connect and collaborate with you through (a) a shared whiteboard where you and your instructor can view and comment on your writing; (b) small screens to enable conversation through shared video/audio; and (c) a chat area for synchronous, written conversation. The whiteboard and chat area remain accessible to you after the appointment, and you can revisit your feedback at any time.
Virtual Meetings are recommended if…
- You’ve enjoyed meeting in person with Writing Center instructors in the past.
- You want a chance for real-time collaboration and conversation with a Writing Center instructor.
- You hope to talk with a writing instructor about an ongoing or longer project. (You may also be interested in a Writing Mentorship.)
- You would like to book your appointment up to 14 days in advance.
- You would like to meet with a particular instructor.
- You have a reliable internet connection.
Written Feedback appointments allow students to receive written comments and suggestions from a Writing Center instructor. After uploading your draft into WCOnline, along with information about your assignment or writing project, you will receive written feedback the next business day following your appointment. This feedback will remain accessible to you after your appointment, and you can revisit it at any time in WCOnline.
Written Feedback appointments are recommended if…
- You’ve enjoyed working with a Writing Center instructor through email in the past.
- You’d like to schedule feedback with a particular Writing Center instructor.
- You’d like feedback on the day of your appointment.
- You’d like to book your appointment up to 14 days in advance.
- You’d like to book an appointment, but you don’t yet have a draft ready to upload.
- You prefer this modality of instruction.
- You live in a different time zone that makes scheduling a Virtual Meeting difficult or impossible.
- Your internet connection is unreliable.
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 do at the Writing Center or read through the questions and answers below. Still have questions? Email us!