Writing Center

"Our mission is to help students at all levels of writing build skills to become more confident and effective writers in any context that requires clear, concise, and direct writing. We are collaborative and aim to have a long-term impact." 

What We Do

The Philosophy Writing Center is a unique, FREE resource for students wanting to improve their philosophical writing. Our aim is to help students build skills needed to become confident and effective writers.

We offer one-on-one tutoring sessions. Students can bring in any kind of writing—reflection papers, short or long essays, summaries, commentaries, formal arguments, graduate school application materials, etc.—for any class or project. Or, students can schedule a tutoring-session to work on specific writing skills independent of any particular assignment.

We work with students at all writing levels, from beginning to advanced, and are happy to help with any stage or skill of writing, from brainstorming to final revisions. Our tutors have additional training in working with English Language Learners (ELL students), and we are especially committed to supporting students from underrepresented social backgrounds. We were certified as a “Safe Zone” in Winter Quarter 2014.

How to Make the Most of Your Session

Consultation sessions are 40 minutes and take place in Savery 362. Appointments can be made here.

  • Come early in the semester and come often. Students can get much more out of the writing center by building an ongoing relationship with tutors.
  • Have at least some sense of what part of the writing process you want to focus on—i.e. brainstorming, organization, revising, etc.
  • We can best help you with your writing when you have a good understanding of the material that you are writing about. If you are not feeling confident with the content of the course, stopping by your instructor's or TA's office hours before you come to your session can be helpful. 
  • Plan time for revision. We are happy to work with you at any time, but having time to reflect, revise, and ask follow up questions can be particular helpful as you work on your writing.  

Who are we?

Our tutors are undergraduate philosophy majors with special training in tutoring. They have a great diversity and depth of writing experience and are excited to work with you!

Ron Keller is a senior undergraduate pursuing a major in Philosophy, a minor in Linguistics, and an emphasis in psychology. His academic interests include epistemology, learning, and social robotics. He has experience tutoring psychology and logic and 4 years of tutoring writing. He also works at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. His favorite stages at which to help writers are early brainstorming, the development of supporting evidence, and the logic of arguments. In his free time you may find him at the pool or tennis courts with friends, playing video games with this youngest brother, studying Japanese and Mandarin, and composing art and music.

 

Jack McClelland is a senior at UW who traveled from the Arizonan desert to the refreshing Pacific Northwest to study philosophy and Italian.  His interests in philosophy are wide ranging, from applied ethics to philosophy of music to philosophy of mind, while his interests in Italian mainly pertain to food.  In his free time he enjoys playing music, watching self-referential comedies, and reading leather-bound books by a fire.

 

Alexia Symros:  Alexia is currently a junior double majoring in Philosophy and French. Her writing experiences have mostly been centered in the humanities and occasionally the social sciences, ranging from metaphysics to textual analysis to comparative politics, but she's always interested in learning about and exploring different fields. Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming different arguments and potential directions that they can be taken. When she's not going through drafts of term papers, her interests include travel, reading, running and spending time with friends.