Madison Writing Assistance

NOTICE: For the health and safety of our community, all MWA writing coaches will wear masks while inside libraries and neighborhood centers. Based on the requirements of recent Public Health orders for Dane County, we currently ask that all patrons who wish to work with an MWA writing coach likewise wear a mask. Patrons who do not have a mask will be provided one. Those who choose not to wear a mask may forfeit their appointment.

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.

Read more about MWA in Madison Public Library’s Impact Story, “Writing the Future You Want.”

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

MWA’s fall term runs from Monday, September 20 through Saturday, December 11. MWA writing coaches will be available for consultations at the times and locations listed below. 

Mondays
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lakeview Library

Tuesdays
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Goodman South Madison Library

Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meadowood Neighborhood Center (partner site with Job Shop)

4:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.
Pinney Library

Thursdays
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Library

Fridays
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sequoya Library

Saturdays
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Goodman South Madison Library

Monday-Saturday
Appointments by request
Video chat (Google Meet) + Email

Schedule an Appointment

Meet with us in person

Madison Public Library branches

Step 1: Check the Madison Public Library events calendar to see when and where Madison Writing Assistance is available.

Step 2: Click on the date and time you want in the calendar, and select “Sign up/Register.”

Step 3: Call your selected library branch with any questions about your registration, parking, and public health policies.

Meadowood Neighborhood Center

Step 1: Visit the Meadowood Neighborhood Center between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Wednesdays.

Step 2: Check in with the JOB SHOP inside the Center for additional guidance and resources for job hunting.

Meet with us online

If you can’t make it to one of our public locations, you can still discuss your writing with us via Google Meet or email.

How to make an online appointment

Email us at mwahelp@gmail.com or call (608) 616-0695 to schedule a time to  Google Meet or email. In your email, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Available days/times
  • Brief description of your writing project

We will respond to your email within one business day to confirm an appointment time.

Email appointment policies

Your writing coach will provide feedback within one business day of your scheduled appointment. Your coach will spend approximately 45 minutes reading and commenting on your writing. If you share a long piece of writing, please indicate as specifically as possible what you would like receive feedback on.

Accessibility

The Madison Writing Assistance program is committed to making its tutoring service accessible for all Madison-area writers, both in-person and online. If you would like to request accessibility accommodations (for example, ASL interpretation), please contact us at (608) 616-0695 or at mwahelp@gmail.com.

MWA Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Angela Zito, Associate Director
  • Fatima Sartbay, Assistant Director

Instructors for Fall 2021

  • Ann K.
  • Emery J.
  • Joy S.
  • Kyle S.
  • Mary-Kate K.
  • Moses O.
  • Paul M.
  • Weishun L.

Contact Us

If you have a question for MWA staff, you can email us at mwahelp@gmail.com or call (608) 616-0695. You can also follow us on Facebook!

Map

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