OPEN FOR VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS

The Writing Center IS OPEN for virtual synchronous (real-time) appointments and drop-ins in the MLC Canvas course, as well as asynchronous (not in real time) feedback, also through the MLC Canvas course.

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

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. For now, all appointments will be virtual, so go to the Writing Center's Collaborate Ultra room in the MLC Canvas course at your appointment time. 

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 through the MLC Canvas course. Whether you have a nearly completed paper or only a topic and rough outline, we are ready to help.

A few tips:

  • We provide feedback with 48 hours of submission.
  • 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.

For the 2020-21 school year, the Writing Center will be putting our workshop series on hold. We are happy to work with you individually on any kind of writing task!

FALL 2019 WORKSHOPS:

Personal Statement Brainstorming and Editing, Monday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm (in Murphy 150)

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.

Your Voice vs. Standard English: Who is Right?, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5:30-6:30, Murphy 153

Have you ever felt like the way you talk or write just won't cut it? Like you have to suppress yourself to succeed in academic or professional writing? This workshop will introduce ideas about language power, dialects of English, code-switching, and how to feel genuinely empowered while you write in academic and professional contexts.

Ugh, I Hate Writing! Managing the Writing Process, Thursday, Oct. 17, 12:30-1:30, Union 3310

Let's face it, writing is hard. But it can be more manageable if you understand and practice a few different strategies for getting started, drafting, revising, and getting feedback. We'll give you a refresher on some of the habits of successful writers and help you make a plan to get that hard work done more effectively.

Proposal Writing, November 4, 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!

Chicago? APA? MLA? Which Do I Use?, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4:00-5:00, Murphy 153

This workshop will be part "why" (Why do we have to cite? Why do different classes use different citation styles?) and part "how" (How do I figure out this new citation style? How do I know what to do?). We'll cover some of the basic differences between citation styles and the disciplines that use them, then we'll help you troubleshoot some of your citation challenges.  

 

 

Writing Center Director

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

Issy Beach

Issy Beach

Major: Public Health/Community Health Education; Minor: WGSS

Issy Beach (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a sophomore in her first semester working as a Writing Center tutor. She is a Public Health/Community Health Education major and a WGSS minor, with plans to focus on sexual and women’s health education and advocacy. Her career bucket list includes writing a book and giving a TED talk about her areas of focus. Issy is willing to help students with any type of writing assignment, but has the most experience with research papers and creative writing. When she’s not in class or the Writing Center, you can find her binging Netflix, planning her next international trip, or creating content for her health education based Instagram account, @issyonthepill.

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.

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.

Emma Weber

Emma Weber

Major: business; Minor: Chemistry

Emma Weber (PGPs: she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in Business with a minor in Chemistry and Legal Studies. She has a wide variety of interests and hopes to somehow combine them all into a career someday. Emma has the most experience with research papers and creative writing but loves to help with just about any style of paper. When she is not busy doing homework, she is often attempting to keep her many plants alive, watching netflix, reading, or hanging out with friends.

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

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

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 have hired all our new tutors for the 2020-2021 school year! We will welcome applications from students in any major again in April 2021! To apply, fill out an application and e-mail it to vcrank@uwlax.edu.

Contact

Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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