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Savery Hall, Room 362
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"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.
384 Savery Hall
Joey Miller is a graduate student in the philosophy department at UW. His research focuses mostly on moral psychology and moral decision-making. Specifically, he's interested in whether moral decision-making can be appropriately studied using fMRI's and moral thought experiments (like the trolley problem). When not doing research, he loves watching football (Skol Vikings!), hockey, basketball, and baseball, listening to pop music, reading fiction, and watching horrible TV shows (Pretty Little Liars).
In formal settings (like classrooms) and informal settings (like on the quad), he loves teaching and having philosophical discussions with undergraduates. From leading discussions in the classroom, coaching ethics bowls teams, and leading philosophy lessons with middle school students in the Seattle area, he hopes to help students better understand and express their own thoughts in a clear and constructive manner.
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!
Adelle Kanan is a junior pre-med student majoring in Philosophy and Biology. Her interests within philosophy highlight ancient ethics and logic, with a special focus on Plato’s works.
Adelle is originally from Joplin, Missouri and currently loving her time as a student in Seattle. When she isn’t studying, she works as a student assistant in both a cancer research lab and a genetics lab. Outside of school and work, Adelle likes going to shows, cooking (especially out of her Tom Douglas cookbooks), and throwing pajama parties with her roommates. Studying philosophy at UW has helped Adelle come to terms with many perennial existential questions, as well as refine her writing skills. She hopes to pass on her love of philosophical writing to other students.
Charlene Kwon is a junior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in English and Ethics. Though she enjoys discussing philosophy of all kinds, she is currently curious about Epistemology and the Philosophy of Mind. Outside of her philosophy classes, she quells her thirst for philosophical knowledge and discussion in UW's Philosophy Club.
Charlene enjoys long walks on the beach and picnics in the park. Kidding! Though those things are nice. She spends most of her free time hanging out with family and friends, or watching Bob's Burgers.
Kelsey Walker is a senior McNair Scholar majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. Her academic interests include philosophy of psychology, social philosophy, and positive psychology. She was the 2016 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl intern, and she also coached for the bowl. She is coaching again for the 2017 ethics bowl.
Currently, Kelsey is a TA in social psychology, and she is also conducting her honors thesis in child clinical psychology. Often seen running or reading around campus, Kelsey loves being a student. She regularly attends the FemPhil Reading Group, and a German Conversation Class; she also frequents various academic talks and events around campus.
Kelsey loves writing in philosophy. Particularly, she enjoys the process of outlining the argument: clarifying, simplifying, and organizing one’s thoughts.
Other Resources for Writing Philosophy Papers
- How to Write Philosophy Papers
- A Brief Guide to Writing the Philosophy Paper
- Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper
- Sample Philosophy Paper
- Guidelines for Paper Structure
- Guidelines for Introductions
- Guidelines for Conclusions
- Guidelines for Charitability
- Guidelines for Objections
- Guidelines for Citing and Plagiarism
- Guidelines for Paper Exegesis
Writing Tips and Guides from UW Philosophy Instructors