History Writing Center

Visit the History Writing Center for individual assistance on class writing assignments.

The UW History Writing Center offers 30 minute individual appointments with the writing center director, an experienced instructor in the History Department. We invite students enrolled in any history class to use the Writing Center at any stage in the composition process, from brainstorming topics through multiple drafts of an essay.  We encourage you to come to the writing center early in the process of working on your assignment.

The History Writing is located in Smith 210C.

Advance appointments are recommended, especially at peak times in the quarter (midterms and last two weeks). Students are also welcome to drop in for consultation on a first-come first-served basis.  Consultations MUST be made in person.  We do not provide writing assistance by email.

To schedule an appointment, email the writing center instructor, Julie Osborn, at histwctr@uw.edu

or book an appointment online:

http://histwritingcenter.calendarspots.com 

AUTUMN QUARTER HOURS
September 24 - December 6
Mondays 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
and Thursdays 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Finals Week December 8 - 12
By Appointment Only

If you are unable to keep an appointment, please cancel it as soon as possible, so that another student can use the Center at that time. If a student is more than five minutes late (without prior arrangement), that appointment will be given to drop-in students.

Writing assistance for other courses is available at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center or through other departmental writing centers.

Our goal is to help you be a better writer.

We can help you AT ANY STAGE OF THE WRITING PROCESS:

  • Brainstorming topics, sources, and outlines for history writing assignments.
  • Developing a thesis statement.
  • Structuring your papers, including writing strong topic sentences.
  • Focusing on clarity of ideas and language.

We WORK COLLABORATIVELY with students to:

  • Help you identify recurring grammatical errors and figure out solutions.
  • Discuss your ideas and how different sentence structures might make those ideas more clear, including suggesting possible ways to state your ideas.
  • Offer strategies for how you can “fix” (revise, edit, proofread) your own text.

However, we do NOT proof-read or line-edit student papers. 

What to bring to the writing center:

  • The assignment instructions/guidelines
  • Any work you have already done on the assignment (notes, drafts).
  • Please bring print out draft papers and bring them with you so that we can more easily work through the paper together.

No draft is ever too rough – bring it in and let’s make it better.  If all you have are a couple of ideas in your head, bring those and we’ll help you put them on paper. Don’t even know where to start? We can help you figure out the first steps to take.