The Writing Center is OPEN six days per week

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

When? Mon - Thurs, 10 am - 7 pm; Fri, 10 am - 2 pm; Sun, 2 pm - 8 pm.


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

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.

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


Proposal Writing, November 5, 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.


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.





Writing Center Director

Dr. Virginia Crank

Dr. Virginia Crank

Professor of English

(PGPs: she/her/hers) is a Professor of English at UW-L, where she has taught since 2001. In addition to supervising the Writing Center since 2008, Dr. Crank teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and pedagogy. While she doesn’t often work individually with clients, Dr. Crank can tutor writing for any class, with special expertise in English, ESL, and Education.

Erika Lichtfuss

Erika Lichtfuss

Major: Broad Field Social Studies Education with a History emphasis Minor: TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), 5th year senior

(PGPs: she/her/hers) is a 5th year 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 sixth semester tutoring at the Writing Center. Erika enjoys helping students communicate their thoughts more clearly and showcasing the best of their personal style in writing. In her free time she loves to be and do almost anything outdoors, bluff hike, swing dance, ice skate, read, and eat whatever kind of ice cream she can find!

Lucas Wyrembeck

Lucas Wyrembeck

Major: English Education and Philosophy, Senior

(PGPs: he/him/his) is a senior 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 Socratic dialogue to help students make meaningful connections between theory and practice. Lucas enjoys playing/watching basketball, reading Western literature, working out, and spending time with friends.

Christian Montes

Christian Montes

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry, Senior

Christian Montes (PGPs: he/his/him) is a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. This is his third semester tutoring in the Writing Center and sixth 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

Major: Interpersonal Communication, Pre-Law Minor: Theatre Performance, Junior

Emily Riebe (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a junior Pre-Law student majoring in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Theatre Performance. This is her second 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

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, Senior

Brief Biography:  Emily Guenther (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in English Education and minoring in Spanish. This is her second year 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 second semester of Field, where she will be working with ninth grade students at Holmen High 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 Noethe Wolford

April Noethe Wolford

Major: English Minor: Philosophy and At-risk Child Youth Care, sixth year student

Brief Biography: April Noethe Wolford (PGPs: she/her) is in her sixth year at UWL. She majors in English Education and has two minors - philosophy and at-risk child youth care. This is her second year as a writing tutor at both UWL and WTC. When she is not too busy with tutoring or field experience, she enjoys watching reality tv at home with her husband and two rescue cats. You can always find her with a coffee in her hand. Some of her hobbies include reading, cooking, and shopping.

Alexzandra Beesley

Alexzandra Beesley

Major: Sociology Minor: Criminal Justice, Sophomore

Alexzandra Beesley (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a Sociology major with a Criminal Justice minor. This is her second year here at UWL, and this is her first semester at the Writing Center. Her favorite papers to write and edit are literature reviews and personal narratives, but she enjoys editing all types of writing. When she’s not doing homework, her favorite things to do are binge watch Supernatural or Law and Order: SVU, go shopping, read books, and spend time with friends, family, and her animals. Her favorite books are Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland and A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Madeline Hunsader

Madeline Hunsader

Major: Marketing Minor:Professional and Technical Writing and Economics, Junior

Madeline Hunsader (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a junior majoring in Marketing and double minoring in Professional and Technical Writing and Economics. Her specialized writing skills include business, legal and professional writing, but encourages students to come to her for any subject. She can also offer guidance on résumés and cover letters. In addition to being a tutor for the writing center, she also spends time working with other organizations on campus such as DSP. Madeline enjoys hiking the bluffs, learning new things and watching Greys Anatomy with her friends. She loves coffee about as much as any other college student and knows almost every word to the song “All Star.”

Alison Obright

Alison Obright

Major: Biology and Writing, Sophomore

Alison Obright (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in both biology and writing, and this will be her first semester working in the Writing Center. While she specializes in scientific and nonfiction writing (creative or otherwise), she can help with any type of writing, including her personal favorite, the personal essay. Outside of the writing center you may find her exploring the great outdoors, facing off with the rock climbing wall, or practicing her beloved bassoon.

Emily Ziegler

Emily Ziegler

Major: Exercise Sports Science, Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Minor: Nutrition and Psychology, Sophomore

Emily Ziegler (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a sophomore at UW-L majoring in Exercise Sports Science Pre-Professional Physical Therapy with Nutrition and Psychology minors. This is her first semester tutoring at the Writing Center. She has always loved to write and does it often in her free time. In her free time, she loves to be active outdoors, workout, cook, or eat anything that will fulfill her sweet tooth!

Jonas Eisenbeis

Jonas Eisenbeis

Major: English Minor: Writing & Rhetoric, Senior

Jonas Eisenbeis (PGPs: he/him/his) is a senior in the last semester of his English major emphasizing in Writing & Rhetoric. This is the third semester Jonas has been consulting in the Writing Center. Jonas is most confident working in literary, media, or rhetorical analyses, psycho-socio-political research contexts, business writing realms like PR & marketing and many other professional genres like résumés, cover letters, and proposals. Jonas commutes to campus daily from Winona, MN across the river and plans to move to SW Chicago with his fiancé after graduation. Some of his biggest interests include music, longboarding, coffee, creative writing and the bbc. Go create something cool.


Brevin Persike

Brevin Persike

Major: English with emphasis on Writing and Rhetoric Minor: Creative Writing, Junior

Brevin Persike (PGPs: he/him/his) is a junior in his first year working at the Writing Center. He is an English major with emphasis on Writing and Rhetoric and a Creative Writing minor. Brevin is most confident with critical analyses, short fiction and creative writing in general; however, his favorite part of the writing center is reading diverse texts so he would love to help with other writing projects as well. Outside of the Writing Center, Brevin spends a lot of time wandering random streets and people watching around campus or elsewhere.

Malcolm Nelson

Malcolm Nelson

Major:Anthropology Minor: French, Junior

Malcolm Nelson (PGPs he/him/his) is a junior at UWL majoring in Anthropology and minoring in French. He is fascinated by other human beings, which is why he has chosen to study them. This is his first year working in the writing center. Malcolm finds a lot of joy in helping people. Outside of the writing center, he enjoys music, exercise and video games. When Malcolm has time, he volunteers at the Kane Street Community Garden.

                                        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


Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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