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OPEN for all three summer sessions

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

When? SUMMER SESSIONS: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 12:00-3:00 pm. Closed May 29 and July 4.

Fall and Spring Semesters: Mondays, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Thursdays, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Fridays, 10:00 am - 2:00 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 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                                                           

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.

No online submissions will be read between May 11 and May 24.

During regular semesters, 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


Finals WRITE NIGHT and Citations Drop-in Help, Dec. 15, 3:00-7:00 pm (in the Writing Center)

Write Night is a focused writing time, a chance to set aside some time to get a chunk of work done.  We provide the space and writing consultants to help out when and how you want it, as well as coffee and snacks. We'll also be providing drop-in help with citation "emergencies." You come here and "hunker down" and write! Please register here so we know how much coffee to buy (select "Edit in Browser" to add your name)!

Writing Grad School Essays/Personal Statements, Oct. 19, 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 (select "Edit in Browser" to add your information).

Writing the edTPA, OCT. 24, 5:30-6:30 (in Murphy 153)

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 (select "Edit in Browser" to add your information). Be sure to bring your edTPA Handbook, a lesson you're working on or have completed, and your laptops!

Proposal Writing, November 10, 6:00-7:00 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 (select "Edit in Browser" to add your name).



Writing Center coordinator

Virginia Crank Profile of Virginia Crank Office hours
431B Wimberly Hall
Specialty areas:

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

Kaylin Robbins
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Brief Biography: It is her second semester as a Writing Center tutor. Her specialties include brainstorming topics, creating transitions and enhancing the flow of others’ papers. She is currently working towards a degree in Secondary English Education. In her free time she can be found hiking Grandad’s, at the Pearl gorging herself on a Mississippi Mud Slide, reading anything she can get her hands on, or napping.

Jessi Reidy
Jessi Reidy
Psychology, Junior

Brief Biography: Jessi is a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in professional writing. This is her first time working in the Writing Center, and she is definitely looking forward to getting started! She is thrilled about being able to work with students! She enjoys working with any paper, but especially loves working with scientific papers (lab reports or research papers). In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, doing a lot of reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Michelle Chester
Michelle Chester
Communications, Junior

Brief Biography: Michelle is a junior majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast and Digital Media along with a Sociology minor. This is her first semester tutoring at the Writing Center and is very excited to help students develop their writing skills. She particularly enjoys creating better flow and organization in papers as well as creative writing. Outside the Writing Center, she enjoys spending her time attending many different concerts, reading, and wasting hours watching Netflix.

Stephanie Koss
Stephanie Koss
Biology, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Stephanie is a sophomore at UW-L majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. She is minoring in French. This is her first semester tutoring at the Writing Center. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys drinking coffee, listening to music (specifically music greats such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin), hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, camping, exploring anything to do with nature/animals, and spending time with her family. In regards to writing, Stephanie specifically enjoys helping students when they are in the brainstorming stage of their writing as well as helping students with research papers and scientific lab reports.

Becky Hawkins
Becky Hawkins
Women's Studies and Psychology, Junior

Brief Biography: Becky is a junior at UWL majoring in Women’s Studies and Psychology and minoring in Interpersonal Communication. This will be her first semester as a Writing Center tutor, but she has always loved reading and editing papers. When she’s not at the Writing Center, she is busy with the Leadershape Organization as well as being an RA in Wentz Hall. In her free time she likes to drink coffee, write poetry, listen to Twenty One Pilots, and watch Parks and Rec.

Whitney Malin
Whitney Malin
English Rhetoric & Writing, Junior

Brief Biography: Whitney is a junior majoring in English Rhetoric & Writing with a minor in Organizational & Professional Communication. This is her first semester as a Writing Center tutor and she is extremely excited to get started! In her free time you’ll most likely find her running, drinking coffee, baking various desserts, or hanging out with her cat, Pawla (pun intended).

Erika Lichtfuss
Erika Lichtfuss
Broad Field Social Studies Education, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Erika Lichtfuss is a sophomore 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 first semester tutoring at the Writing Center. She has always loved editing and revising others writing. Erika is also tutoring in the ENG 050 class. In her free time she loves to be and do almost anything outdoors, ice skate, read, knit, and eat whatever kind of ice cream she can find!

Miranda Martin
Interpersonal Communications, Junior

Brief Biography: Miranda Martin is a Junior at UWL majoring in Interpersonal Communications and minoring in Creative Writing. This is her first semester 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 or essays. 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
English Rhetoric, Writing, Philosophy, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Emma Guthrie is sophomore this year at UWL. She is majoring in English Rhetoric and Writing, as well as Philosophy, and hopes to soon declare a minor in legal studies. This is Emma’s first semester as a writing center tutor, but she is incredibly excited to get started. 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. PGP: she/her

Lucas Wyrembeck
English Education, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Lucas Wyrembeck is a sophomore majoring in English Education at UW-L. This fall semester will be his first experience working as a Writing Center tutor. 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 fantasy, working out and spending time with friends and family. PGP: he/him.

James Gillingham
History Education, Senior

Brief Biography: James Gillingham is a senior at UWL, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in History Education. This year will be James’ first as a Writing Center tutor, however, he has previously worked as a tutor in high school, and also UWL’s History department. He enjoys helping students improve their writing skills through exploring new and creative directions to take their writing, and is especially interested in helping students with history and creative writing assignments. In his spare time, James spends his time playing Rugby, reading, and meeting new people. PGPs: He, Him, His

Courtney Pearsall
Business Management, Senior

Brief Biography: Courtney Pearsall is a senior majoring in Business Management. This is her first year working in the Writing Center. She is looking forward to helping students, as she plans to get her teacher certification to teach Business Education. She is willing to help with any paper or stage in the writing process, but especially enjoys research-based papers. She spends the majority of her free time with family and friends and also likes to hunt, fish, shop, and watch reality television. (PGPs: she/her/hers)

Emily Mootz
Secondary English Education, Senior

Brief Biography: Emily Mootz (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in Secondary English Education with minors in Professional Writing and Ethnic & Racial Studies. This is her first year tutoring at the Writing Center and third year tutoring writing at Student Support Services (SSS). She is excited to read papers varying in subjects and majors. Emily is comfortable helping anyone at any stage of their writing process and specializes in inclusive language, educational theories, and rhetorical concepts. Outside of the writing center, you can find Emily in the bluffs, at local coffee shops, and around Campus Climate.

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 2017-2018 school year is now closed. Our next round of hiring will come in April 2018, so come back then! We welcome applications from students in any major! To apply, fill out an application and e-mail it to


Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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