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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.

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Upcoming Events at the Writers Workshop


Undergraduate Events

Writing Effective Thesis Statements & Structuring Your Essay
Date: Sept. 21, 4:00-5:00pm, 1064 Lincoln Hall

Are you writing an argumentative or analytic essay? This presentation will review the basic principles for crafting effective thesis statements. It will also help students review common essay structures and strategies for relating sub-claims back to the thesis. You will have the opportunity to put these principles into practice, so bring a current assignment to work on.

This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduate students who are currently writing papers.

Practice Argument: The Stepping-Stone to Good Academic Writing
Dates: Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 & Oct. 30, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 251 UGL

This 5-week writing group will offer guided instruction and practice in writing arguments, a foundational skill that you will use in many different writing assignments. You will have the chance to work collaboratively and practice using the steps of prewriting, drafting, and rewrit-ing to create strong arguments. There will be no homework or outside preparation involved.
Open to international undergraduate students at all levels, these writing groups will give you the chance to gain more experience writing in English, ask questions about your writing, and develop effective academic arguments

You are encouraged (but not required) to register in advance by emailing

Writing about Current Events and Controversies
Date: Oct. 5, 4:00-5:00pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall

This presentation will help students prepare to write critically and ethically about current events and controversies. You will learn about identifying effective sources, acknowledging common ground and counterarguments, and strategies for writing about complex and sensitive issues.

This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates or Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Integrating Sources—Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
Date: Oct. 19, 4:00-5:00pm, 1024 Lincoln Hall

Worried about accidental plagiarism? Not quite sure what to do with the sources you spent time finding and reading? This presentation provides an introduction to basic techniques for ethically and effectively incorporating sources. You will review and apply principles for summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting sources.

This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates or Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Graduate Events

Graduate Write-a-Thons at the Writers Workshop
Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, 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.

Saturday Mini-Writing Retreats
Dates: Sept. 24, 10:00am-1:00pm**

Make the most of your weekend writing time! Join us for sustained, distraction-free writing in 251 UGL. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a brief wrap-up of accomplishments.

**Please note the time change: we had to push the retreat one hour back.


Dissertation Writing Groups: Best Practices
Dates: Oct. 12, 4:30-6:00, in 251 UGL

Have you been thinking about starting, finding, or improving a dissertation writing group? Join us to learn about best practices for large writing projects, including considerations for organizing a successful writing group. Dissertation/thesis writers from any discipline are welcome. The information session will include time for you to meet with other dissertation writers interested in forming a group. Throughout the semester, we will check in with your group and provide assistance as needed.

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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?

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