Whether you are working on an essay, report, research paper, poem, short story, or resume, the Writing Center can assist in the development of your communication skills and scaffold the writing process at all its stages.
The Writing Center is located in the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center.
To schedule a half-hour long, one-on-one appointment, either stop by our main office or call 262-472-1230.
These services are provided only during our hours of operation:
Below, find links to useful writing workshops available through the Tutorial Center.
MLA Documentation Workshops
APA Documentation Workshops
After clicking the link, click on "Grammar & Writing Resources" on the top tab
At the Writing Center, we offer multiple ways to help you with your writing. These include helping you:
This, however, is not an editing service where you just drop a paper off to be proofread. For further explanation, see the Educational Philosophy section below.
NOTHING. We will work with all University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students free of charge.
The Writing Center offers support for all kinds of writing needs. Located in the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center, its staff consists good writers and friendly critics who are eager to help you find ways to improve your writing.
Students who sought help in the Writing Center for the courses listed below averaged roughly a half-letter grade higher than their peers.
|Academic Year||Grade Point Average (4.0 scale) |
Group Utilizing Writing Center Average Final Grade
|Grade Point Average (4.0 scale) |
Non-Attending Group Average Final Grade
Our first tenet is to emphasize the process of composition. Thoughtful reading of material, brainstorming for ideas and writing from a plan are essential preparations for a first draft. We also stress that such a draft is only the beginning of a revising process that culminates in a carefully edited and proofread paper. In brief, we discourage all forms of hasty and ill-considered work.Our second belief is that the responsibility for developing, rewriting and editing a paper remains at all times with the student. We do not proofread papers. Students cannot drop off their work and later pick it up corrected. On the contrary, they must make an active commitment to the tutor and the work at hand. Further, tutors do not go over the entire paper with students but selectively call attention to typical problems, suggest solutions, and leave the tutees with the responsibility for revising adequately.A third tenet concerns tutorial neutrality. While consulting with students about their writing assignments, tutors do not speculate about the grade a person might receive on a particular revision and do not discuss either the merits of the instructors' grading systems or the quality of their assignments. Finally, we believe that the Writing Center serves the entire university student community. Staff members not only assist individuals who want to improve their basic writing skills but also consult with undergraduates and graduate students who wish to refine their already developed style.For an online writer's handbook and other internet writing sites, go to www.wisc.edu/writing.
A question often asked by faculty is, “I referred a student to the Writing Center, but I haven’t seen much improvement. Why is that?” In short, we strive to make better writers instead of better writing. In other words, the student you referred benefited from the experience of the tutorial, but that benefit may not be immediately reflected in his or her writing. While tutors provide suggestions and guidelines, the students may choose not to follow our advice. It’s also possible that we addressed an issue other than the one you had in mind, especially if the tutorial was close to the time their writing assignment was due.
While any of our writing center staff are available to help you with your work, we have listed their majors and minors, along with any previous majors or minors to best assist you. If you are interested in learning more about our writing center staff please click on their names to check out our Learning Assistant Biographies Page.
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Adaptive Education Licensure
Major: English (Professional Writing and Publishing Emphasis)
Minor: Race and Ethnic Studies
Minor: World Religions
Minor: Professional Writing and Book Publishing
Major: English (Education Emphasis)
Minor: History Education
Graduate Degree: Professional Studies (Alternative Education Emphasis)
Undergraduate Major: English
Minor: Film Study
Privious Minor: English
Major: Communication Science and Disorders
Minor: Creative Writing
Previous Major: English
Graduate Degree: Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Emphasis)
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Undergraduate Minor: Criminology