History Writing Center

Writing Center Director Julie Osborn

Visit the History Writing Center for individual assistance on class writing assignments.

The UW History Writing Center offers 30-minute individual appointments during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters with the HWC director, an experienced instructor in the Department of History. We invite students enrolled in any history class to use the Writing Center at any stage in the composition process, from brainstorming topics through multiple drafts of an essay. We encourage you to come to the writing center early in the writing process.


Smith 210C
University of Washington, Seattle Campus


By Appointment Only

For SPRING quarter, the HWC sessions will have sessions available in-person and via Zoom. If you book an Online Writing Center appointment, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link.   

If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email me and we can make arrangements. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly cancel or reschedule online as early as possible so that another student can use the Center at that time.

Writing assistance for other courses is available at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center or through other departmental writing centers.


Advance appointments are required.

Please note that the History Writing Center is open during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters and closed during Summer quarter.

To schedule an appointment, email the writing center instructor, Julie Osborn, at histwctr@uw.edu

or book an appointment online here:


How We Can Help

Our goal is to help YOU become a better writer.


  • Brainstorming topics, sources, and outlines for history writing assignments.
  • Developing a thesis statement.
  • Structuring your papers, including writing strong topic sentences.
  • Focusing on clarity of ideas and language.

We WORK COLLABORATIVELY with students to:

  • Help you identify recurring grammatical errors and figure out solutions.
  • Discuss your ideas and how different sentence structures might make those ideas more clear, including suggesting possible ways to state your ideas.
  • Offer strategies for how you can "fix" (revise, edit, proofread) your own text.

However, we do NOT proofread or line-edit student papers.

What to bring to your appointment:

  • The assignment instructions/guidelines
  • Any work you have already done on the assignment (notes, drafts)

No draft is ever too rough – let's make it better. If all you have are a couple of ideas in your head, bring those and we'll help you put them on paper. Don't even know where to start? We can help you figure out the first steps to take.