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Writers Workshop
Our Main Location is 251 Undergraduate Library
Schedule online to make an appointment or call us at(217) 333-8796!

Welcome to the Writers Workshop!

The Writers Workshop contributes to the intellectual and creative activities of the University of Illinois by providing support for all writers in the campus community--undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.

The Writers Workshop provides individual and small-group consultations, hosts workshops on academic and professional writing concerns, sponsors writing groups and writing retreats, and visits classrooms upon request to introduce our resources or to provide a tailored, interactive presentation.

Visit our online schedule to book your appointment.

Starting Sept. 19, the Workshop will also offer drop-in hours Mon-Thur from 4-8pm. Drop-in sessions work best for undergraduate students who have a particular question or section of a paper to focus on.


Finals Week in the Writers Workshop (Dec. 11-14)

The Writers Workshop will be open for regular hours through Friday, 12/9. Beginning Sunday, 12/11, we will be open for modified hours. Due to the high volume of missed and cancelled appoinments in the past, we will offer limited appointments during this week. However, we will have staff available for drop-in sessions, where you can stop by to work with a consultant on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in sessions typically last about 25-30 minutes. We recommend that you come with one or two specific questions or sections of the paper you'd like to focus on.

We will have a few special services and policies to support you through finals week:

The Workshop will close for the semester at 4pm on Dec. 14.

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Upcoming Events at the Writers Workshop


Undergraduate Events

From First to Final Draft: Proofreading and Self-Editing Strategies
Date: Nov. 30, 4:00-5:00, 1024 Lincoln Hall

You’ve drafted and revised your final paper; you’re happy with its strong argument and sound structure! Now join us to learn effective proofreading and editing strategies that will help you identify and address common errors in formatting, citation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. You are highly encouraged to bring a paper you are currently working on!

This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students who are writing final course papers.

Graduate Events

Graduate Write-a-Thons at the Writers Workshop
Dates: Dec. 2

Stuck in a writing slump? Looking for a distraction-free setting to work on a thesis, dissertation, or article? Re-energize your writing practices at The Writers Workshop's Friday Write-A-Thons--every other Friday 9:30-4:30 in 251 UG. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a brief wrap-up of accomplishments. We will provide coffee and light snacks.


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The Writers Workshop, part of the Center for Writing Studies, is the writing center at Illinois. We provide free writing assistance for University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Discuss your writing with consultants who are experienced writers and teachers of writing. Use our online scheduling system at, call (217) 333-8796, or stop by to set up a 50-minute session at one of our Workshop locations. Please see our appointment, schedule and policies pages for more information.

If you need to hire a proofreader, see our list of Editors for Hire, most of whom are current University of Illinois English Department instructors who have expressed an interest in doing this type of work for an hourly/per project rate. This should be negotiated with the individual.

Have a Question About the Writers Workshop?

Learn more about the Writers Workshop at the University of Illinois. Or email us at: Please note that we do not schedule appointments by email.