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    Open for Summer 2014

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

    When? from May 27-August 15, 2014: Mon-Thurs. 12:00-4:00pm

    How? Use our online booking system; simply click book now to go through the steps. There's a link to our booking system on our Facebook page, too (see link above) OR you can stop by to see us in the Murphy Library Learning Center and a tutor will be happy to help you make an appointment.

    Why? To get feedback on any writing assignment.

    Who? Peer tutors will help any UW-L student.

    More questions? Email us at


    We at the Writing Center are now accepting online submissions. Whether you have a nearly completed paper or only a topic and rough outline, we are ready to help.

    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. We are giving preference to face to face appointments, but will respond to your submission as soon as possible (probably with 48 hours).

    A few tips:

    • Do not expect a tutor to correct/edit/proofread your paper; do expect a tutor to make suggestions to improve your writing
    • Expect the tutor to focus on one or two major areas of weakness.
    • For more comprehensive tutoring make a face-to-face appointment


    Write here. Write now.

    Writing center tutoring

    Writing Center tutors are here to assist you with all of your writing needs. Simply stop by Murphy Library Learning Center sign up for a tutoring session. You may also come in on a drop-in basis if tutors are available. Use our computers, our reference books, our couch, our staplers, our tables--but most of all use our friendly and knowledgeable tutoring staff.

    What should I bring?

    To get the most from your tutoring 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 tutors can help at the last minute, the sooner you can come in the better. Peer tutors encourage writers to be as independent as possible. We will not edit or proofread papers; instead, we ask questions designed to help writers find and analyze their own problems.

    Who visits the center and why?

    Writing critique

    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.

    Peer tutors offer writers help in preparing

    • essays and major papers for courses in any department
    • research reports
    • literature reviews
    • abstracts
    • important letters
    • texts for speeches and presentations
    • applications for grants and scholarships

    at any stage in the composing process:

    • understanding the assignment
    • finding a topic
    • identifying and analyzing audience, purpose, and occasion
    • developing material
    • planning and organizing
    • writing a rough draft
    • revising
    • editing

    Writing Center Values

    Every paper can be better.

    Better writers, not just better papers

    Every writer has strengths.

    Writers are in charge of their writings.

    The writer does the writing.

    For tutoring to be teaching, the writer must talk so the tutor can listen

    Want to become a Writing Center Tutor?

    Hiring for Writing Center positions for the 2014-2015 school year has been completed. To apply for the 2015-2016 school year, check back in spring 2015. Interested students should fill out an application and e-mail it to


    Virginia Crank, Writing Center Director

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