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We're CLOSED from Dec. 19-Jan. 29.

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

When? 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. 


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

We will  be able to accept online submissions between Dec. 19 and Jan. 29.

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


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
431B Wimberly Hall
Specialty areas:

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

Stephanie Koss

Stephanie Koss

Biology, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Stephanie is a sophomore at UWL 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.

Erika Lichtfuss

Erika Lichtfuss

Broad Field Social Studies Education, Sophomore

Brief Biography: Erika Lichtfuss is a sophomore at UWL 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

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 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 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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