The Writing Center

Since its start as the Writing Laboratory in 1969, the Writing Center at Madison has helped tens of thousands of undergraduate and graduate University of Wisconsin students learn more about writing and has helped them successfully complete course papers, theses, dissertations, and articles for publication—in all sorts of academic disciplines. To provide this help, we offer an extensive range of individual instruction, non-credit classes, curricular-based writing tutors (Undergraduate Writing Fellows), and instructional materials.

The Writing Center remains a national leader in writing center pedagogy, programs, and research. Each year, the Writing Center’s programs work with about 7000 undergraduate and graduate students.


TYPE OF SUPPORT: Drop-in, One-on-one (by appointment, drop-in hours, and written feedback), Match, Online, Email, Workshops/Reviews, Writing Mentorships, Weekly Writing Groups

DELIVERY METHOD: One-to-one sessions offered in-person and via synchronous Virtual Meetings and asynchronous Written Feedback; drop-in hours available; check for info on mentorships, workshops, weekly writing groups, and more!

STUDENTS SERVED: Undergraduate students, graduate students, all members of the University


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Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Note: We also maintain numerous satellite locations across campus. Locations and dates/times are available here.


 Nancy Linh Karls 

(608) 263-1992

Varies by tutoring type. Please contact the Writing Center for more details.


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Our Mission is to help undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. We believe that writing is a powerful tool not only for communicating existing ideas but also 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. Our methods—multi-faceted, flexible, and above all, collaborative—reflect our respect for the individual writer, whose talents, voice, and goals are central to all our endeavors.


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