Philosophy Writing Center

Tutoring at the philosophy writing center
Philosophy Writing Center

Appointments

The Writing Center is open as usual, with appointments held on Zoom.

The appointment confirmation email will include a Zoom link (and meeting room ID) for your meeting. Students seeking appointments need to save this message so they can access the meeting room. Please email philwrit@uw.edu if you have any issues accessing the Zoom meeting.

Make an Appointment

Location

Savery Hall, Room 362 **the physical office is currently closed - all appointments are via Zoom**
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 and take place over Zoom.

  • 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?

Supervisor

Arthur Obst

Arthur Obst is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department. His research interests are in climate and environmental ethics. On the climate front, he is particularly interested in individual responsibility for climate change: what ought we, individually and unilaterally, be doing to reduce our contribution to climate change, and how does this relate to our collective duty to take climate action? In his dissertation, he considers the American "received wilderness idea" and its recent philosophical and ecological critics, and ultimately defends the moral value of wildness and self-willed lands.

Outside of research, teaching, and supervising the Philosophy Writing Center, Arthur tries to set aside time for creative writing and lazy Sundays on the couch. Arthur also enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and most other outdoor recreation. When possible, he brings his cat Potter along for the adventure. 

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!

Nancy DangNancy Dang is a senior majoring in philosophy and minoring in English. In philosophy, she most enjoys studying epistemology and philosophy of language, especially using ordinary language analysis.

In her free time, she likes to read anything that isn't philosophy, but she's currently interested in sci-fi and Japanese literature. Her newest hobby is doing mini crosswords.

Zach FarryZach Farry is a senior double majoring in mathematics and philosophy. His philosophical focus is ethical and moral philosophy, with an emphasis on its applications to education and law.

Outside of class, Zach enjoys reading, playing various instruments, and preparing his graduate school applications.

Jennifer FranzenJennifer Franzen is a junior double majoring in philosophy and Germanics with a minor in classical studies. She is particularly interested in the areas of phenomenology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of technology.

Outside of class, Jennifer enjoys going for long walks around her neighborhood, playing table-top role playing games with her friends, and participating in German Club.

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.

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 commitment to the full academic year and are expected to work between 4-8 hours per week. The hourly rate as of September 2020 is $16.39/hour.