The Writing Center, UW-Waukesha – Featured Writing Center

The Writing Center – University of Wisconsin-Waukesha – Waukesha, Wisconsin

Describe your institutional context.

UW-Waukesha is a campus of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the freshman/sophomore campuses of the University of Wisconsin System. UW-Waukesha is a commuter school with about 2,000 students

What are your hours during the academic year?

We are open Monday through Friday 9am-2pm.

If you have a mission statement, what is it?

The Writing Center provides peer tutoring for student writers. Peer Writing Tutors are available to read, comment, brainstorm, and help you through the writing process. Whether you have an assignment that confuses you, an outline, or a draft, you can sit down with a peer tutor to go over your ideas and get some thoughtful, constructive feedback and help developing a writing or revision plan. All writers from all classes are welcome at the Writing Center because all writers need readers.

Tell us about how your writing center is staffed.

We have 4-6 peer writing tutors and a professional coordinator. In order to become a writing tutor, students need a recommendation from their Reading, Writing, and Research instructor. Tutoring is a paid position.

Tell us how your tutors are trained.

Tutors are trained through a required 1-credit face-to-face, semester-long course in the fall and an optional, variable credit research course in the spring.

Tell us about the writers you work with.

The majority of the writers we work with come in with papers for English composition classes, but we also see students working on writing assignments across the disciplines. We have many return users and find that students who see us for the first time due to a class requirement or extra credit assignment often return on their own.

Tell us about some programs and/or collaborations your writing center participates in.

We work closely with the Online Writing Lab (OWL), which is a UW-Colleges-wide program serving all 13 campuses. All peer tutors also work for the OWL, and the OWL’s director co-teaches both training courses with the Writing Center Coordinator. With the Academic Success Committee, we co-host “Paper and Portfolio Palooza” each semester shortly before finals week. Tutors join composition faculty in the library to help students make revisions on their final papers and portfolio projects.

Tell us two additional things you’d like people to know about your writing center.

We are located in the Academic Success Center which also houses our campus Math Lab and course specific tutoring program as well as TRIO Student Support Services.

The proximity with our tutoring and support has increased our visibility and allowed us to reach more students writers.