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Writers Workshop
Please call (217) 333-8796 to make an appointment.

Welcome to the Writers Workshop!

We are here to help you at any stage in the writing process.

To make an appointment,
please call (217) 333-8796.

Or stop by our main location in the Undergraduate Library in Room 251.

View our hours this semester and learn about our Spring 2016 Writing Skills Series.

Drop-In Hours at the UGL

for quick 10–15 minute writing help

Monday through Thursday, 4–6 pm

Sign in at the Writers Workshop Main Desk (Room 251, next to the Consultation Corner)

Have a quick question for one of our consultants?
Stop by our Drop-In Hours at the UGL!

We can answer questions about your thesis statement, the structure of a paragraph, citations, and more.

Looking for a drop-in at one of our satellite locations? Give us a call for open drop-in opportunities
at Grainger, Burrill, or Ikenberry Commons

Writers Workshop Spring 2016 Events

Looking for additional writing support this semester? The Writers Workshop leads several (free!) writing groups and events for undergraduate and graduate students:

For Undergraduates

Core Skills for Successful Academic Writing
Every Other Thursday from 3–4 pm, beginning February 4th

Attend one or more hour-long workshops to learn more about academic writing expectations and strategies. Sessions will cover thesis statements, writing with academic sources, revision strategies, and more. For undergraduates. See the full schedule for topics and locations.

Introduction to U.S. Academic Writing Processes for Multilingual Undergraduate Students

Are you looking for structured time to practice academic writing skills? Join one of these 5-week writing groups to learn about academic writing strategies and resources within a supportive community. These groups are open to international students at all levels who’d like the chance to gain more experience writing in English, ask questions about your writing, develop effective writing habits, and practice group work skills.

This semester, the Writers Workshop will offer two sections of these writing groups. One will meet on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm (Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, and Mar. 1) and the other will meet on Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm (Feb. 2, 10, 17, 24, and Mar. 2). All meetings will be held in the Writers Workshop, room 251 of the Undergraduate Library. View the poster

For Graduate Students

Dissertation Writing Groups: Best Practices
Friday, January 29 from 2–3:30 pm in 1022 Lincoln Hall
and Tuesday, February 2 from 5:30-7 pm in 1051 Lincoln Hall

Have you been thinking about starting, finding, or improving a dissertation writing group? The Writers Workshop is offering information sessions for dissertation/thesis writers from any discipline. We will talk about best practices for large writing projects, including considerations for organizing a successful writing group.View and download the poster.

First-Friday Grad Write-A-Thon Series
The first Friday of the month from 10am – 3pm, beginning February 5th
English Building 158 & Atrium

Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Whether you’re working on a seminar paper, an article manuscript, or your thesis or dissertation, join us for a few hours of sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. View the poster and full schedule.

Writing in Academia for Multilingual Graduate Students
Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, beginning February 7th

Learn more about expectations for graduate-level writing in the US research university. These free seminars will present information on topics such as metalanguage and organization, gathering and integrating sources, and writing professionally in your academic discipline. See the full schedule for topics and locations.

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop
Monday, April 18, 3 to 4:30 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
Sponsored by: National and International Scholarships Program and the Writers Workshop

We will dissect the key components Fulbright reviewers are seeking to glean from the personal statement, review past winning Fulbright personal statements, and assist you in beginning to sketch and portray your own story. You need not know your desired destination or specific Fulbright project to benefit from this workshop. Find more information here:

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. 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.