Available to all UW-Platteville students, Writing Center appointments are free one-on-one sessions with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments in any discpline and other writing-related projects.
How to schedule an appointment
You can schedule an appointment with a Writing Center tutor by visiting the Writing Center on the 3rd floor of Brigham Hall or by calling us at 608.342.1615. Drops-ins are welcome at the Brigham location, but the best way to secure an appointment is to schedule one beforehand using one of the ways mentioned above.
Drop-in writing help is available at our satellite locations: Ottensman Hall and Karrmann Library. No appointment is necessary for these locations; a tutor will be available for writing help during the days and times listed below.
What to expect FROM your writing appointment
The Writing Center schedules 30 or 60 minute sessions, depending on the length of the paper and topic of discussion. Your tutor will want to read or discuss the specific assignment you've received, and will ask you to explain what you most want help with. Guided by your requests, your tutor will respond, as a critical reader and as a writing instructor, to what you’ve written — pointing out sections that work well, identifying possible problems, teaching you important principles about writing, and helping you find ways to improve your paper as you revise.
The Writing Center tutor will likely concentrate higher-level concerns first, making sure you're responding to the assignment and that you're writing a focused, well-organized, and effectively developed paper before they help with concerns such as style, grammar, word choice, and punctuation. Tutors follow this order for a good reason: small changes in individual sentences will not impact a paper's overall effectiveness as much as changes in thesis, focus, and organization.
It’s important for you to know that we don’t proofread or edit your paper. We offer instruction on the writing process, not last-minute grammar checking. We’ll teach you how to edit your own work, but our focus is on helping you to become a more independent thinker and writer. To help eliminate common mechanical errors in your writing, take a look at our educational resources, or contact the Writing Center for quick grammar help.