The English Department and its affiliated programs are pleased to offer numerous resources and services to the larger University of Wisconsin community.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center helps 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.
Dedicated to the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Writing Center offers—
- trained, supportive instructors who work one-on-one with students at all levels and in all disciplines
- trained, supportive undergraduate peer tutors who work one-on-one with students in undergraduate writing-intensive courses across the curriculum
- an online writing center providing electronic tutoring and instructional materials
- short-term, non-credit workshops about academic writing
- reference materials about academic writing, for use by students and faculty
- convenient access to our resources through multiple locations across campus and online
- teaching support for faculty and TAs across campus
- teaching, learning, and leadership opportunities for its staff
- national leadership in writing center programs, pedagogy, administration and scholarship
The Writing Fellows Program places undergraduates in positions of intellectual leadership, emphasizes the significance of writing skills, and applies the concept of peer mentoring to the process of writing papers. It also creates new opportunities for intellectual exchange between and among students and faculty.
Writing Fellows are assigned to Writing Intensive or Communications-B courses in which they work closely with professors as well as student writers. Fellows read and critique drafts of two formal papers. They write extensive comments designed to identify and explain key areas for revision, seeking to praise what works in a paper and offering suggestions and strategies for revision rather than merely pointing out flaws. After returning these drafts, Fellows meet individually with each writer to discuss revision possibilities and strategies.
Two central beliefs guide this program. The first is that all writers, no matter how accomplished, can improve their writing by sharing work in progress and making revisions based on constructive criticism; the second is that collaboration among student peers is an especially effective mode of learning.