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Madison Writing Assistance

NOTICE:

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

About the Program

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 Fall 2020, we will offer free weekly writing assistance from Monday, September 14 through Saturday, December 5. Please note that MWA services will not be available from November 26-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

MWA instruction will be available on the following days and times throughout the fall term (Sept. 14 through Dec. 5):

Mondays
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Thursdays
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fridays
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 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 through the fall. Options for remote writing assistance include:

  1. written feedback via email
  2. face-to-face conversation via Google Meet
  3. conversation over the phone

To make an appointment, please visit our Appointment Center (link opens in new tab). There, you will be able to check our availability for all three remote options. The schedules listed in the Appointment Center are updated daily, so you’ll know what time slots are available in the coming week.

Then, request an appointment by emailing our staff at mwahelp@gmail.com or calling (608) 616-0695. In your message, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Whether you’ve met with an MWA instructor earlier this fall
  • 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 message as soon as possible to confirm your appointment and connect you with your instructor. 

MWA Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Angela Zito, Interim Director
  • Weishun Lu, Assistant Director

Instructors for Fall 2020

  • Hadis G.
  • Erin H.
  • Mike H.
  • Mary-Kate K.
  • Lindsay P.
  • Fatima S.
  • Kyle S.

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!