Summer Term 2021

Making an Appointment 

You can schedule a one-to-one appointment with one of our instructors by clicking on the button below. This will take you to our online scheduling platform, WCOnline. There, you can choose between two kinds of appointments: Virtual Meetings and Written Feedback. Please note that this schedule is only available to currently enrolled UW-Madison students. 

Make an appointment

If you have issues with the WCOnline schedule, or questions about Writing Center appointments, please email us at You can also chat with a member of our staff Monday through Thursday, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Online Writing Mentorships

Are you working on multiple papers, a master’s thesis, a dissertation, or other extended writing project throughout the 8-Week Session? If so, you can request a more formalized writing mentorship to work with the same instructor on a recurring basis. Find out more.

Online Graduate Writing Groups 

All UW-Madison graduate students are welcome to join the Writing Center’s summer Drop-In Graduate Writing Groups on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (CST) and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 PM (CST). Together, we will share our writing goals and support one another in getting a substantial amount of writing done! 

For Summer 2021our two drop-in graduate writing groups will run from the week of May 17 through the week of August 2.  

Although no pre-registration is required for these groups, filling out our interest form will get you on the list for announcements and reminders. To join a weekly meeting, click on the following links and follow the instructions provided (please be sure to log in to your UW-Madison G Suite account for full access): 

Tuesdays 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (CST)

Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 PM (CST) 

Both groups provide the opportunity to connect with other writers on Zoom, but you can participate without video if you prefer. Attendance through the entire summer is not required, but past participants will tell you that writing groups are most effective when you make them part of your weekly routine!   

If you have any questions about the summer Drop-In Graduate Writing Groups, please contact wcenter@writing.wisc.eduWe hope to see you soon!

Summer Workshops

Workshops are a quick and easy way to learn writing strategiesapproaches to different genres of writing, and English language conventions. Each 90-minute workshop provides instruction, discussion, and hands-on practice. Online workshops are free and open to UW-Madison students, staff and faculty. To register for a workshop, please fill out the registration form accessible through the links for each workshop (within the menu at right). You will receive a confirmation email for your registration as soon as you register.  

On the morning of the workshop, instructions for joining the workshop on Zoom will be emailed to you.

Contact with any questions! 

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Peer Feedback: Personal Statements for Graduate Professions Programs

Group 1: Tuesday, May 25, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM CST

Group 2: Wednesday, June 2, 5:00-6:15 PM CST

Group 3: Thursday, June 10, 12:00 PM-1:15 PM CST

Are you a pre-health student drafting your personal statement this summer? You’re not alone! Join a group of your peers for a collaborative follow-up session to our “Personal Statements for Graduate Health Professions Programs” online workshop. Participants will send drafts to the group ahead of time, read through and prepare responses to each other’s work, and then meet over Zoom to identify strengths and revision strategies for each writer’s statement. A Writing Center instructor will attend to facilitate discussion and answer questions.

Limited to 6 participants per group. You will receive an email prior to the workshop with instructions for submitting your draft.

For more information on writing a personal statement for health professional programs, watch this video on Kaltura MediaSpace.

Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday, July 7, 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)

In this workshop, you will get a chance to read and discuss sample statements of teaching philosophy. We’ll talk about the purpose of the statement (“What should I communicate through this document?”), its formal conventions (“How should I organize it? What examples should I use?”), and how to craft a statement that genuinely captures your approach to teaching and learning. 

Paraphrase Like a Pro: How to Successfully "Use Your Own Words"

Thursday, July 8, 1:30-3:00 PM (CST)

Do you ever find it hard to “use your own words” when conveying someone else’s ideas? Do you find yourself unsure how (and even when) to paraphrase? This workshop will help you to consider the expectations of your audience or discipline as you adopt specific paraphrasing techniques to work with material from any source (articles, books, and more).

Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

Monday, July 12, 3:00-4:30 PM (CST)

Come to this workshop to learn how your résumé and cover letter can help you show employers your best self. We’ll review résumé content and design, discuss the best ways to align your qualifications with the position description, and learn how to build an effective argument in your cover letter by persuading decision-makers that you are the best person for the job. 

Academic Job Market: How to Write the All-Important Cover Letter

Wednesday, July 14, 1:00-2:30 PM (CST)

The cover letter is where you can make the clearest, most direct case for how you are the most qualified candidate for an academic position. This workshop will introduce you to effective structures and strategies in cover letter writing. Participants will have a chance to look at and discuss sample letters, and do some drafting/revising of their own. 

How to Email Like a Professional

Monday, July 19, 3:00-4:30 PM (CST)

Want to demonstrate your good “communication skills” to a potential employer? Need to request an extension or letter of recommendation from a professor? In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to compose professionally effective emails. Along the way, we’ll have fun looking at examples of what not to do, and we’ll address your specific questions, scenarios, and concerns. 

A Writer's Retreat

Monday, July 26, 5:00-9:00 PM CST

It’s time to get moving with your term paper, dissertation, thesis, novel, research project, or other major writing project. And time is exactly what a writer’s retreat offers. Retreat participants will engage in brief goal-setting exercises followed by time to write, with Writing Center staff on hand for consultation.

Presentations Available on Kaltura MediaSpace

Madison Writing Assistance

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members in partnership with libraries and neighborhood centers throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced instructors are happy to help with just about any kind of writing, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, creative writing, and life writing. Visit the MWA webpage to see our summer schedule and learn how to make an appointment. 


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding Writing Center services, email us at We welcome your feedback as we continue working to support UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff during this time. Thank you!