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We're OPEN during ALL THREE Summer Sessions!

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

When? Summer Hours: Sundays and Tuesdays, 5-7 pm

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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 consultants 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 writingcenter@uwlax.edu.                                                           

More resources for Student Support?  Student Success

The Writing Center accepts online submissions during the semester. 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. Sorry, we can't reply to online submissions between May 10 and May 21.

Following are the guidelines for submission:

  1. Compose e-mail to  writingcenter@uwlax.edu
  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

SPRING 2018 WORKSHOPS:

Personal Statement Brainstorming and Editing, Apr. 10, 6:00-7:30 pm (in Career Services)

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 to help you get started. There will be plenty of time for one-on-one work on your statement, no matter what stage of completion you're at. More information.

REACH (RE search A nd C itation H elp)! Apr. 17, 6:00-7:30 pm (in the Writing Center)

Working on a research paper? Come in for some guidance on finding, evaluating, incorporating, and citing sources. Writing Center consultants will work one-on-one with you to integrate your sources effectively into your writing. 

WRITE NIGHT! May 6, 5:00-9:00 pm (in the Murphy Learning Center)

Come and work on your final papers with us. We'll provide snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa, and consultants will be around for you to chat with. Get some feedback, get some food, get some focus! Sign up here.

FALL 2017 WORKSHOPS:

WRITE NIGHT! December 14, 4:00-8:00 pm (in the Murphy Learning Center)

Come and work on your final papers with us. We'll provide snacks, coffee, and hot cocoa, and consultants will be around for you to chat with. Get some feedback, get some food, get some focus! Register here (select "Edit in Browser" to add your name).

 

Writing the edTPA -- Drop-in Help Sessions, OCT. 24, 4:00-7:00; Nov. 2, 4:00-7:00 (in Murphy 256)

These drop-in help sessions are designed primarily to serve student teachers working on the edTPA. Be sure to bring your edTPA Handbook, a lesson you're working on or have completed, and your laptops!

Writing Grad School Essays/Personal Statements, Nov. 1, 12:00-1:00 pm and Nov. 6, 3:00-4:00 (OMSS)

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!

Proposal Writing, November 6, 5:30-6:30 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 (select "Edit in Browser" to add your name).

 

 

 

Writing Center coordinator

Virginia Crank Profile of Virginia Crank Office hours
Professor
431B Wimberly Hall
vcrank@uwlax.edu
608.785.6933
Specialty areas:

rhetoric and composition studies; writing pedagogy; first-year writing; Writing Center

Stephanie Koss

Stephanie Koss

Major: Biology Minor: Psychology, Senior

Brief Biography: Stephanie Koss (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a senior this year, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology, and she will be attending optometry school next fall. This is her third year as a Writing Center consultant. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys drinking coffee, traveling/camping with her family, making way too many Spotify playlists, and listening to Earth, Wind, & Fire and Pink Floyd (her two favorite bands of all time). You can also find her watching Seinfeld, Friends, Full House, and Forensic Files, and of course, writing for fun! Stephanie specifically enjoys helping students when they are in the brainstorming stages of their writing, as well as assisting with any scientific research papers, lab reports, and primary literature reviews.

Erika Lichtfuss

Erika Lichtfuss

Major: Broad Field Social Studies Education with a History emphasis Minor: TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), Senior

Brief Biography: Erika Lichtfuss (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a senior at UW-L majoring in Broad Field Social Studies Education with a History emphasis, and a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) minor. This is her fourth semester tutoring at the Writing Center. She has always loved editing and revising others writing, and helping out friends with their studies. In her free time she loves to be and do almost anything outdoors, bluff hike, ice skate, ballroom dance, read, crochet, and eat whatever kind of ice cream she can find!

 

Miranda Martin

Miranda Martin

Major: Interpersonal Communications Minor: Creative Writing and Women Gender studies, Senior

Brief Biography: Miranda Martin (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a Senior at UWL majoring in Interpersonal Communications and double minoring in creative writing and women gender studies. This is her second year tutoring at the writing center, but she has been helping her friends with papers as long as she can remember! She is open to helping students edit any types of writing, but her specialties are creative writing, essays, and literature reviews. Her goal is to help anyone improve their writing and hopefully enjoy writing more as well! In her free time she likes to read, write, exercise, and spend time with friends.

 

Emma Guthrie

Emma Guthrie

Major: English Rhetoric Writing and Philosophy Minor: Legal Studies, Junior

Brief Biography: Emma Guthrie (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a junior this year at UWL.  She is majoring in English Rhetoric and Writing, as well as Philosophy, and has a minor in Legal Studies.  This is Emma’s third semester as a writing center tutor, and she also works as a tutor for the Philosophy Department. Her primary passion is creative writing, but she’s willing and able to help students with whatever type of writing they’re working on! In Emma’s free time, you can probably find her drinking mass amounts of coffee, doing homework in the library, or binge watching her favorite Netflix shows.  


Lucas Wyrembeck

Lucas Wyrembeck

Major: English Education and Philosophy, Junior

Brief Biography: Lucas Wyrembeck (PGPs: he/him/his) is a junior double-majoring in English Education and Philosophy at UW-L. He has been working at the Writing Center since the fall of 2016. He specializes in speaking with consultants about their writing and forming meaningful connections between theory and practice. In his free time Lucas enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading, working out, and spending time with friends.

Christian Montes

Christian Montes

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry, Junior

 

Brief Biography: Christian Montes is a junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. This is his first semester tutoring in the Writing Center and third semester tutoring biology in the OMSS office. Christian is excited to facilitate the growth of writers here at UWL, and along the way, improve as a writer himself. In his free time, Christian enjoys exercising, hiking, rock climbing, and reading any chance he can.

Emily Riebe

Emily Riebe

Pre-Law student Major: Interpersonal Communication Minor: Theatre Performance, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Emily Riebe (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a sophomore Pre-Law student majoring in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Theatre Performance. This is her first year tutoring at both the UWL Writing Center and Western Technical College Writing Center. Emily's favorite part about helping students with their papers is being able to listen to the diverse experiences and perspectives within the essays of the student body at UWL. She is open to help students edit any type of writing, but specializes in creative writing, poetry analysis and personal essays. Outside of the writing center, Emily can be found participating in the many UWL Theatre department productions, studying in the library, obsessing over sloths, or binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

 

Grace Korthals

Grace Korthals

Major: Broad-field Social Studies Education emphasis in Sociology Minor: Psychology and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Sophomore

 

Brief Biography: Grace Korthals is a sophomore majoring in Broad-field Social Studies Education with an emphasis in Sociology, and minoring in Psychology and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This is her first semester tutoring at the Writing Center, but she loves reading and writing. Outside of the Writing Center, she enjoys photography, being an RA in Eagle Gray, and spending time with friends.

Micah Ives

Micah Ives

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry, Sophomore

 

Brief Biography:  Micah Ives (PGPs: he/him/his) is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He can help students with any written project but specializes in scientific writing. Outside of class, he enjoys table tennis, yoga, reading, and maintaining a sketchbook. His current favorite celebrity is Elon Musk and his party trick is abnormal flexibility.

Emily Guenther

Emily Guenther

Major: English Education Minor: Spanish, Junior

Brief Biography:  Emily Guenther (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a junior majoring in English Education and minoring in Spanish. This is her first semester tutoring in the Writing Center, but she did work as an English tutor in the Office of Multicultural Student Services during her sophomore year. Additionally, this is her first semester of Field, where she will be working with sixth grade students at West Salem Middle School in an English and Language Arts class. She loves helping others in any way that she can and enjoys talking to people about their writing. When Emily is not in the Writing Center, she loves to cook, bike, hike, watch Netflix and spend time with friends.

April Wolford

April Wolford

Major: English Education Minor: Philosophy and At-Risk Youth Psychology, 5th-Year

Brief Biography: April Wolford (PGPs: she/her/hers) is in her fifth year at UWL as a English Education major with a double minor in Philosophy and At-Risk Youth Psychology. This is April’s first year as a writing center consultant although she worked in the Writing Center last year and was a consultant at WTC over the summer. She enjoys all parts of the writing process and especially likes essays dealing with literary criticism. Some of her hobbies include shopping for coffee mugs, painting, and hanging out with her cat Hurley.

                                        Write here. Write now.

Writing Center Mission

As a unit within the Murphy Learning Center, the UWL Writing Center supports students from all disciplines in becoming more effective and confident writers in both academic and professional situations. We provide space for students to generate ideas, collaborate, draft, write, revise, and edit in a supported environment. Trained undergraduate peer consultants work one-on-one to engage students in dialogues that meet their immediate needs in relation to specific writing projects and also support their development as writers. We believe that writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but for discovering new ones; that learning to write is a life-long process; and that all writers benefit from sharing work in progress with knowledgeable, attentive readers.

We offer feedback and support for writers who are

  • learning new genres and styles for academic disciplines.
  • developing, revising, or polishing reports and essays.
  • gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing research materials.
  • seeking to elevate their writing styles.
  • developing application materials for scholarships, graduate programs, and jobs.

Writing Center consultants are here to assist you with all of your writing needs. Use our computers, our reference books, our couch, our staplers, our tables--but most of all use our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

What should I bring?

To get the most from your 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 consultants can help at the last minute, the sooner you can come in the better. Peer consultants 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 consultants are UWL undergraduates from many different majors, such as Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, English,  Accounting, History, ESS.

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.

Want to become a Writing Center Tutor?

Hiring for Writing Center positions for the 2018-2019 school year is now closed. Our next round of hiring will come in April 2019, so come back then! We welcome applications from students in any major! To apply, fill out an application and e-mail it to vcrank@uwlax.edu.

Contact

Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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