The Writing Center

Open for Spring 2014!


Where? inside the newly remodeled Murphy Learning Center, Murphy Library, 2nd floor
When? Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Wednesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Sunday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 (see link above) 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                   
Who? Peer tutors will help any UW-L student.

More questions? Email us at

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Write here. Write now.

Tutoring Session

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 visits the center and why?

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

Tutoring Session
  • 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?

Applications for Writing Center positions for the 2014-2015 school year will be accepted until May 10. Interested students should fill out an application and e-mail it to

Return to Murphy Learning Center page.


Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director