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Welcome to the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center

(located in Raynor Library, Room 240)

The writing center offers peer tutoring to all Marquette students, staff, and faculty working on any and all writing projects.

Individual Writing Consultations

The heart of what we do is meet with writers to talk, one-on-one, about writing in progress. You are welcome to bring anything from first-year English papers to graduate theses, from history papers to personal statements for law school. No matter where you are in the writing process--even if you just don't know where to start--we can help. We see writers in 30- or 60-minute sessions. Walk-ins are always welcome, but because we get busy, we recommend that you schedule your appointment ahead of time when possible.

Workshops for Writers

The Ott Memorial Writing Center will offer free workshops for writers on a variety of topics. Scheduling for Fall 2014 includes the following workshops.

To register for these workshops, please call 288-5542 or email us at writingcenter@marquette.edu.

Writing Wednesdays: Workshops for Faculty

Have you considered teaching with writing, but aren't quite ready to take the plunge? Do you assign writing and want to talk with others about your ideas and strategies for success? Come to our monthly workshops on writing, open to all faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants on the first Wednesday of each month. More details to follow.

Making Time and Space for Writing

Do you need to get more writing done but have trouble scheduling blocks of time? Do you find writing lonely and would you prefer to write in the company of other writers? Did you know that in a study conducted by Robert Boice, writers who wrote in regularly scheduled blocks (rather than waiting to feel inspired) produced three times as much text and reported enjoying writing more? Because many writers would benefit from more structure and less solitude as they write, we invite all writers across campus to participate in several new opportunities being offered by the Ott Memorial Writing Center.



The writing center started in the mid-seventies with a CETA Grant and operated in Coughlin Hall, in the English Department. Still housed in the English Department, we moved first to Monitor Hall. In 2003 we moved to the Raynor Library.

In 1987, the family of Norman H. Ott endowed the writing center, in memory of Norman's great love of poetry, hoping to foster writing of all kinds at Marquette.



The Ott Memorial Writing Center is hiring new members of our reception staff. We're looking for responsible, reliable individuals with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They can be undergraduate or graduate students in any major. The pay is $8.25-$8.50 per hour (depending on level of experience). The job description and application information is available here; the availability sheet is available here. We are accepting applications until noon on Tuesday September 9th; we will conduct interviews later that week. If you have questions, please contact the Director, Dr. Rebecca Nowacek.


The Ott Memorial Writing Center opened for appointments for the Fall 2014 semester on Tuesday September 2nd.


Get Writing with MarqUWriMo: Marquette University Writing Month

MUWriMo invites all creative and academic writers--Marquette students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as surrounding community members--to participate online and in person in this community building, writing-inspiring event. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

To join in, go to our MarqUWriMo spreadsheet to enter your name and your goals. (Any goals, however modest or ambitious, are welcome.) Then return to the spreadsheet regularly to update the MarqUWriMo community on your progress. MarqUWriMo will also be hosting a number of face-to-face events, including...


50-word Short Story Contest to celebrate the National Day on Writing

Many thanks to all the Marquette students, faculty, and staff who submitted their 50-word short stories last week. Download a list of winners and honorable mentions here.


Upcoming Workshops for Writers and Writing Wednesday Events:


Congratulations to three Ott tutors who presented at Tutors Research: Research Within Writing Centers and Beyond

Learn more about research conducted by tutors in the Ott Memorial Writing Center at the upcoming Milwaukee Area Writing Center Colloquium. Among the staff members talking about their research experiences were Jackie Adler, Mike Haen, and Maggie Kollar.

Where: UWM campus, Curtin 175

When: W April 17th, 4:30-6:30pm


Congratulations to members of the Ott Memorial Writing Center staff who presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (Las Vegas, March 2013).

picture of undergraduate tutors with their poster

Left to right: Undergraduate tutors Maggie Kollar and Jackie Adler with the poster representing their undergraduate research. Not pictured: Writing Center Director Rebecca Nowacek, who presented on "transfer talk" in the writing center.



Congratulations to members of the Ott Memorial Writing Center staff who presented at the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing (Chicago, Nov. 2012).

picture of four tutors
Left to right: Rebecca Nowacek, Natalie Campbell, Samantha Martinson, and Michael Haen. Not pictured: Beth Godbee, who also presented in a separate workshop.


For more information, contact:
Rebecca Nowacek, Director
Tyler Monson, Assistant Director




English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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