Philosophy Writing Center

Tutoring at the philosophy writing center
Philosophy Writing Center

Appointments

The Writing Center is open for Winter quarter. We are looking forward to see you in-person or over Zoom.

Make an Appointment

More hours will be added later in the quarter.

Location

Savery Hall, Room 362
Third floor (across from the elevators)

Contact us at philwrit@uw.edu.

"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. We are especially committed to supporting students from underrepresented social backgrounds.

How to Make the Most of Your Session

Consultation sessions are 40 minutes.

  • Come early in the quarter 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?

Supervisor

Michael Ball-Blakely with dogMichael Ball-Blakely is a PhD candidate in Philosophy, specializing in social and political philosophy and immigration justice. He is currently on the academic job market and is scheduled to defend his dissertation in Spring 2022.

When not working on his dissertation, Michael can be found hanging out at home with his partner Christine, dachshund Dunkel (Dunk), and cat Tolstoy (Toast); pretending to play basketball at the court near Hutchinson Hall; or staring at his yahoo fantasy basketball team pages wishing for more points.

Tutors

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!

Olivia BishopOlivia Bishop is a senior double-majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. She’s especially interested in the study of ethics, postmodernism, and the philosophy of language.

Outside of work and school, Olivia enjoys assorted grandma activities, playing nostalgic online video games, collecting vintage toys, watching true crime videos on YouTube, and listening to music while ruminating.

Aaron Rosser

Aaron Rosser is a junior double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology and planning on attending graduate school for Clinical Psychology. He’s especially interested in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.

Outside of work and school, Aaron enjoys reading even more philosophy, playing the flute, and consuming a variety of media, including experimental pop music, horror movies, and true crime podcasts.

Wendi Zhou is a junior double majoring in Philosophy and History. She is interested in political philosophy and applied ethics, especially in topics of transitional justice, memory, and redress for past harms. Wendi is also interested in the philosophy of race and feminist epistemology.
Outside of work and school, Wendi enjoys reading and writing speculative fiction, running, and playing pickleball.

Other Resources for Writing Philosophy Papers

Writing Tips and Guides from UW Philosophy Instructors

Other Resources for Writing Philosophy Papers

  • Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester, UK) - a general resource for academic writing in English

Interested in joining our Philosophy Writing Center team as a tutor?

Writing Center tutors are typically hired late in Spring quarter for the following academic year. The undergraduate adviser will send an announcement out to the undergraduate email list when positions become available. Tutors usually commit to the full academic year and are expected to work between 4-8 hours per week. The hourly rate as of January 2022 is $16.69/hour.