Philosophy Writing Center

Tutoring at the philosophy writing center
Philosophy Writing Center

Appointments

See available appointments through our online scheduling system.

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. 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?

Director

Jon Rosenberg

jonr2@uw.edu

378 Savery Hall

Jon RosenbergJon Rosenberg is a doctoral candidate in philosophy of science at UW, whose work revolves around several puzzles connected to the social nature of scientific practice - including what it means for science (as a collective) to be responsible, how the scientific community revises its own norms and standards without input from the outside, and the nature of the relationship between practicing scientists and the non-scientific individuals with whom they collaborate (citizen scientists, indigenous people, etc.).

Jon is excited to serve as the Director of the Philosophy Writing Center, because it affords him the opportunity to work with undergraduate students in a one-on-one, non-classroom context. Working with students to improve their philosophical writing skills, without having the normal teacher-student dynamic, is a different way of engaging in teaching at the UW that Jon finds particularly satisfying.

 

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!
 

Alisa Bacon

Alisa Bacon is a senior pursuing a double degree in mathematics and philosophy. Her interests within the field of philosophy include (but are not limited to!) medical ethics and continental philosophy. She has some experience in working with people who have never done philosophy before as last year she worked with older high school students through the Philosophy for Children program at UW. Her plan is to become an upper level high school math teacher as well as an instructor for the Theory of Knowledge program. 

She loves every type of weather so long as she's properly dressed for it. She's eaten egg on toast for breakfast consistently since 7th grade. She will eat tofu out of the carton with no hesitation.
 
 
Qimin Kimmo LiuQimin Liu is a senior undergraduate pursuing degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, and Mathematics. Within Philosophy, Qimin is especially interested in metaphysics and epistemology. His favorite philosopher is Schopenhauer. Qimin particularly enjoys brainstorming and developing demonstrations and examples to support one’s arguments.
 
In his spare time, Qimin likes eating and sleeping. 
 
 
 
Alexander WhiteAlexander White is a junior majoring in Philosophy. He is continually fascinated by every subfield philosophy has to offer, but is particularly interested in epistemology. His favorite part of writing philosophy papers is the brainstorming phase, when he can spend his daily walk home developing and weighing arguments.
 
In addition to his passion for philosophy, he also loves all games, whether they are video games, board games, or table sports. Alexander aspires to be a professor and hype-man for philosophy, one day being considered “the Neil deGrasse Tyson of philosophy.”
 

Abbey WillmanAbbey Willman is a junior majoring in History and Philosophy of Science, with minors in Philosophy and American Sign Language. Her wide-ranging academic interests include philosophy of social science, social epistemology, and the interplay between language and culture, particularly within the American Deaf community.

Hailing originally from the Arizona desert, Abbey loves to take walks in the rain in her spare time, as well as immersing herself in literature, going to shows, and conversing with her friends over way too many cups of coffee. She loves every single part of the writing process, but her favorite is tackling structure and organization, and the challenge of attempting to put one’s thoughts into words.

 

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