WE ARE OPEN!

THE WRITING CENTER is OPEN

The Writing Center offers in-person and synchronous virtual appointments to offer help and feedback on any and all writing tasks. We also accept online submissions through the MLC Canvas course.

When? Mon-Thur, 10-7, Fri 10-2, Sun 4-7. 

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT (please use your first and last name)

Just have a quick question about citation? Check out our "Resources for Writers" tab!

Where? In the Murphy Learning Center, on the 2nd floor of the Murphy Library. For virtual appointments, go to the Writing Center Tutoring Zoom meeting in the MLC Canvas course at your appointment time. Click here to enroll in that course.

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.

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 offers feedback on papers submitting online through the Tutoring, MLC Canvas course. You must enroll in that Canvas course in order to submit papers to the Writing Center. We'll read your drafts and give you suggestions for revision. 

A few tips:

  • We aim to provide feedback with 48 hours of submission. (see Note above)
  • 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 synchronous appointment.

Writing Center Director

Amari Conner

Amari Conner

Major: English: Medical Professions Emphasis 

Minors: Communication Studies: Organizational and Professional Communication Emphasis; Professional and Technical Writing

PGPs: she/her/hers

Amari Conner is a senior at UWL, and this is her third year tutoring in the Writing Center. Her hobbies include playing piano, cooking, shopping on Ebay, and crafting greeting cards. Her professional interests include scientific rhetoric and medical research writing. She enjoys helping students with writing tasks for any subject and finds joy in the growth and success of others!

Arianna Wuetrich

Arianna Wuetrich

Major: Psychology

Minor: Non-Specific

PGPs: she/her/hers

Arianna Wuetrich, who preferably goes by Ari, is a junior here at UWL. This is her second year as a tutor in the writing center. As a former biology major, she has taken courses such as BIO 105, BIO 203, and BIO 306. Her hobbies include astrology, true crime, and re-watching Netflix movies. You can mainly find her hanging out with all of her roommates as she has a lot (11 to be precise). She has experience with writing and reading research papers and psychological analyses. She also has a sufficient background in history, as she can be kind of a history nerd. She is very excited to be a tutor at the writing center to help with all subjects. Her goal is to instill confidence in her peers and get them talking! 

Avery Ladd-Winders

Avery Ladd-Winders

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Leadership Development & Business Administration

PGPs: he/him

Avery is a sophomore here at UWL and is currently studying Computer Science in hopes of becoming a Full Stack Developer. Outside of classes, Avery enjoys hiking, running, hanging out with friends, listening to all types of music, spending time with family and discovering new spots in La Crosse. Avery is really looking forward to his first year in the Writing Center and is excited to provide feedback and assistance on all types of papers!

Brett Stelplugh

Brett Stelplugh

Major: History (regional emphasis on the U.S.)

Minor: Military Science

PGPs: he/him

Bret is a freshman transfer student here at UWL and is currently studying history in hopes to work at the Smithsonian Aerospace Museum. He has taken a variety of history and political science classes, so he feels comfortable analyzing primary source documents, with the majority of his interest being in U.S. history. Beyond the academic world, Bret enjoys listening to music, reading, and playing card games. Bret is very excited to help people improve their writing and critical thinking skills! 

Carter Drost

Carter Drost

Major: English Education

Minor: N/A

PGPs: he/him

Carter is a Senior at UWL studying to become a high school English teacher. When he’s not working on his studies, he swims for UWL’s swim and dive team, longboards, snowboards, bikes, and hangs out with his friends. Carter loves meeting new people, learning new things, and writing, so he’s pretty ecstatic to work with people at the Writing Center.

Devany Bauer

Devany Bauer

Majors: Communication Studies (interpersonal emphasis) and English (writing and rhetoric emphasis) 

PGPs: she/her/hers

Devany (Dev) is a senior at UWL who loves reading, thrifting, golfing, hanging with friends and being a plant mom. She’s also a coffee fanatic and an avid essential oil user. After graduation Dev hopes to travel as much as she can to learn more about herself, her passions, and about the people around her. This is Devany’s second year working in the Writing Center and she’s excited to explore different types of writing. She has sufficient background knowledge in women’s gender studies and English and more subtle background knowledge in sciences such chemistry and biology but is willing to assist with any paper that comes her way. 

Francesca Gatto

Francesca Gatto

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: Legal Studies

PGPs: she/her/hers

Francesca Gatto is a junior in her first semester as a Writing Center tutor. She is an undecided Communications major with a legal studies minor. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading, trivia and playing tennis. She has lots of experience with writing and reading research papers and enjoys helping others with their writing. She is also knowledgeable about English and international studies. 

Jake Richmond

Jake Richmond

Major: English Education 

PGPs: He/Him/His

Jake is a senior at UWL studying to become an English major in hopes of one day teaching high school students. Outside of academia, Jake enjoys running, hiking, listening to folksy music, and dreaming of travelling the world. Thankfully for his friends, Jake enjoys helping them read, revise, and provide feedback on their writing assignments which will bode well for his new position at the writing center. 

Kelsi Bellisle

Kelsi Bellisle

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Biology, English, and Psychology

PGPs: She/her/hers

Kelsi is a junior studying Biochemistry with Biology, Psychology, and English minors while also on the Pre-Medicine track. She plans to become a physician in the future, and although the exact specialty tends to change every other month, currently being a neurologist has caught her eye. She has extensive experience with science papers (BIO 105, BIO 203, and BIO 306), although she loves working on papers across all subjects. In La Crosse, she enjoys hiking in the bluffs or going on walks downtown. In general, her ideal day is spent hiking/climbing mountains (The Rockies preferably). She also loves her work at the hospital and interacting with a multitude of audiences. This is her first year as a tutor in the Writing Center and she is excited to help students develop their writing skills! 

Maggie Marks

Maggie Marks

Major: English with a Medical Professions Emphasis (Bachelor of Science)

Minor: Psychology; Professional and Technical Writing Certificate 

PGPs: she/her/hers

Maggie is a Senior here at UWL. This is her second year in the Writing Center. She plans to become a medical grant writer in the future. Her hobbies include reading (for enjoyment), spending time with friends and family, binge watching tv shows, playing intramural soccer, and going for a morning run. She has taken a wide variety of English courses here at UWL, as well as lots of Biology courses such as BIO 105, BIO 312 & 313, and BIO 306. She has strong suits in scientific writing and rhetorical analysis. She enjoys learning new things and is excited to continue to do so through working here in the Writing Center. She is excited to encourage students to become confident in their writing abilities and help give them the skills to be proud of their papers. 

Rachel Kohlmeyer

Rachel Kohlmeyer

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Minor: Interpersonal Communication

PGPs: She/her/hers

Rachel is a Sophomore here at UWL and is currently studying Exercise and Sports Science on the pre-PT track with the goal of becoming a physical therapist one day. When not in classes Rachel enjoys watching and rewatching anything Marvel, hanging out with friends, reading and traveling. This is Rachel’s first year as a tutor in the Writing Center and she is excited to help with all kinds of writing and papers!

 

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is an excellent resource for almost any writing question.

New updates to the MLA Style Guide (April 2021)

MLA Style Center -- great place to ask obscure questions!

Overview of the Chicago Style Author-Note system of citation (17th ed)

Willamette University's overview of the ASA (American Sociological Association) citation style is thorough and helpful.

Interactive APA Reference Citation Guide

UW-Madison Writing Center guide to APA (2021)

Thesis QuickGuide

Outlining QuickGuide

Transitions QuickGuide

Conclusions QuickGuide

Stay tuned for more!

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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?

We are done accepting applications for tutoring positions for the 22-23 school year.  We will welcome applications from students in any major next April for the 23-24 school year. To apply, fill out an application and e-mail it to vcrank@uwlax.edu.

Contact

Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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