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  • Writing Center

    • In person tutoring
    • Online tutoring
    • Workshops
    • Meet the tutors

    Now open for the fall semester!

    Where? inside the Murphy Learning Center, Murphy Library, 2nd floor


    When? Mondays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Thursdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Fridays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Sundays, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Book now

    How? Use our online booking system; simply click the link above to go through the steps. There's a link to our booking system on our Facebook page, too, OR you can stop by to see us in the Murphy Learning Center and a tutor will be happy to help you make an appointment.

    Why? To get feedback on any writing assignment, at any stage.

    Who? Peer tutors will help any UWL student.

    Need to cancel your appointment? Go back to the confirmation e-mail you got for directions.

     More questions? Email us at                                                           

    More resources for Student Support?  Student Success

    We at the Writing Center are now accepting online submissions. Whether you have a nearly completed paper or only a topic and rough outline, we are ready to help.

    Online submissions are read and returned within 48 hours of submission; please plan your submissions for timely return of feedback.

    Following are the guidelines for submission:

    1. Compose e-mail to
    2. Write "Online Submission" in the subject box
    3. Fill out the " Online Submission Request Form " and attach it to the e-mail. (Remember, the more detailed information you can give the tutor, the better your feedback will be.)
    4. Attach draft to the e-mail
    5. Wait patiently. Tutors respond during their scheduled work hours, and we give preference to face to face appointments, but we will respond to your submission as soon as possible.

    A few tips:

    • Expect a tutor to make suggestions to improve your writing rather than actual changes.
    • Expect the tutor to focus on one or two major areas of weakness.
    • For more comprehensive tutoring make a face-to-face appointment

    Fall 2015 Workshops:

    As with all Writing Center services, workshops are free to UWL students. We do ask that you register.

    Writing in the Sciences, Oct. 1, 6:00-7:30 pm (Murphy 153)

     As you transition from Gen Ed classes in the humanities (English, History, etc.) to classes in the Sciences, your writing style and habits have to adapt. But how? What do you need to know as you make that transition? This workshop will offer you a panel discussion with faculty from various scientific disciplines (such as, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics) where you can get some specific advice and answers about how to adjust your writing for a range of genres and styles. Register here.

    Writing Grad School Essays/Personal Statements, Oct. 13, 7:00-8:30 pm (Murphy 153)

    If you're working on your personal statements and essays for graduate school applications, come join experienced writers and Career Services personnel for a workshop. There will be plenty of time for one-on-one work on your statement, no matter what stage of completion you're at.  Bring your laptops! Register here.


    Proposal Writing, Nov. 10, 7:00-8:00 pm (in the Murphy Learning Center)

    If you're planning to submit a proposal to the College Writing I Symposium but aren't sure how to put one together, come to our workshop to get some hands-on help. Bring your laptops! Register here.

    Writing the edTPA, Dec. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm (in the Collaborative Learning Lab, 273 Murphy)

    As the School of Education transitions to this new high-stakes portfolio system, the Writing Center will offer some study in the genre and writing techniques expected in the edTPA. Although this workshop is especially targeted to Field I and Field 2 students, all Education students are welcome to attend. Register here. Be sure to bring your edTPA Handbook, a lesson you're working on or have completed, and your laptops!

    Finals Writing Hunker, Dec. 15, 6:00-9:00 pm (in the Writing Center)

    A hunker is a focused writing time, a chance to set aside some time to get a chunk of work done with no distractions. We provide the space and tutors to help out when and how you want it. Register here.

    In addition to supervising the Writing Center since 2008, Dr. Crank teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and pedagogy. While she doesn't often work individually with clients, Dr. Crank can tutor writing for any class, with special expertise in English, ESL, and Education. When she's not working, she gardens, cooks, practices yoga, and reads too many novels.

    Writing Center tutors

    Write here. Write now.

    Writing center tutoring

    Writing Center tutors are here to assist you with all of your writing needs. Simply stop by Murphy Library Learning Center sign up for a tutoring session. You may also come in on a drop-in basis if tutors are available. Use our computers, our reference books, our couch, our staplers, our tables--but most of all use our friendly and knowledgeable tutoring staff.

    What should I bring?

    To get the most from your tutoring session, please bring a copy of the assignment as well as any notes or drafts. Feel free to bring in electronic versions of your work as well. Although tutors can help at the last minute, the sooner you can come in the better. Peer tutors encourage writers to be as independent as possible. We ask questions and build scenarios designed to help writers find and analyze their own problems.

    Who will I be working with?

    The Writing Center tutors are UWL undergraduates from many different majors: Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, English,  Accounting, History, ESS.

    Who visits the center and why?

    Writing critique

    On any given day, you are as likely to see a biology major as an English major, a freshman as a senior--or even a graduate student--using the Writing Center. Some people are working on their resumes, others are brushing up on APA documentation, and still others are discussing paper topics or overcoming writer's block. The people who visit the Writing Center are a diverse group, but they all share a commitment to improve their writing.

    Peer tutors offer writers help in preparing

    • essays and major papers for courses in any department
    • research reports
    • literature reviews
    • abstracts
    • important letters
    • texts for speeches and presentations
    • applications for grants and scholarships

    at any stage in the composing process:

    • understanding the assignment
    • finding a topic
    • identifying and analyzing audience, purpose, and occasion
    • developing material
    • planning and organizing
    • writing a rough draft
    • revising
    • editing

    Writing Center Values

    Every paper can be better.

    Better writers, not just better papers

    Every writer has strengths.

    Writers are in charge of their writings.

    The writer does the writing.

    For tutoring to be teaching, the writer must talk so the tutor can listen

    Want to become a Writing Center Tutor?

    Hiring for Writing Center positions for the 2015-2016 school year is now complete. To apply for the 2016-2017 school year, fill out an application and e-mail it to Applications will be reviewed in April of 2016.


    Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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