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  • Writing Center

    Open for Fall Sept. 8

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

    When? M 9:00-1:00 and 3:00-8:00, T 10:00-1:00 and 3:00-8:00, W 9:00-1:00 and 3:00-8:00, Th 10:00-1:00 and 3:00-8:00, F 9:00-1:00, Sunday 4:00-8:00

    How? Use our online booking system; simply click book now 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 Library 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 UW-L student.

    More questions? Email us at

    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.

    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. We are giving preference to face to face appointments, but will respond to your submission as soon as possible (probably with 48 hours).

    A few tips:

    • Do not expect a tutor to correct/edit/proofread your paper; do expect a tutor to make suggestions to improve your writing
    • Expect the tutor to focus on one or two major areas of weakness.
    • For more comprehensive tutoring make a face-to-face appointment

    Fall 2014 Workshops:

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

    Writing Beyond the Five-Paragraph Theme, Oct. 2, 6:30-8:00 pm (in the Writing Center)

    This workshop helps students think about writing in formats and patterns that build on the rigid formulas they may have learned in previous writing classes. Principles of organization, development, and thesis placement will be explored, and individual tutors will be on hand to help you with specific writing projects.  Be sure to bring your laptop and any current writing projects!

    Writing Scholarship Applications/Essays, Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30 (in Reuter Hall)

    This workshop is co-sponsored by the UW-L It Makes Cents Money Management Center and is designed to help students find and apply for scholarships. Register here.

    Mid-Term Writing Hunker, Oct. 15, 6:30-9:00 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. Be sure to bring your laptop!

    Writing Grad School Essays/Personal Statements, Oct. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm (in the Writing Center)

    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. Register here. Bring your laptops!

     Learning and Writing the edTPA, Nov. 5, 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. Registration is now closed for this workshop. Be sure to bring your edTPA Handbook, a lesson you're working on or have completed, and your laptops!

    Pre-Finals Writing Hunker, Dec. 10, 6:30-9:00 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. Bring your laptops!

    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 will not edit or proofread papers; instead, we ask questions 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. Meet the current team of tutors.

    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 2014-2015 school year has been completed. To apply for the 2015-2016 school year, check back in spring 2015. Interested students should fill out an application and e-mail it to


    Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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