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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. Please see our appointment page for more information about our policies. To request disability-related accommodations for our services, please contact Dr. Carolyn Wisniewski at or call 217-333-8796.

The Workshop is currently closed. We will reopen for Summer Session II, June 11 - August 3.

Graduate Productivity Writing Groups

June 11 - August 1, Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Undergraduate Library, upper level (look for our signs)

Stuck in a summer writing slump? Join us to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. Commit to a regular writing routine by attending one or both of these weekly writing groups.

These are productivity writing groups, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. They are ideal for graduate students seeking to create a writing routine, make progress and meet deadlines on long-term writing projects, or jump-start a new writing project. If you are seeking feedback on your writing, please make an appointment with a Writers Workshop consultant (click on "Schedule Online Now!" above).

Graduate Writing Retreat, August 6 - 10--Application deadline July 30

The Graduate Writing Retreat provides advanced graduate students with a place and a time to make efficient, distraction-free progress on thesis or dissertation writing in a supportive atmosphere. It also provides tools and resources to create positive writing habits. During the retreat, students will work independently on their writing, and may also choose to attend optional workshops and receive feedback on their writing in short consultations. You are eligible to apply if you are a Master's or PhD student who has passed your proposal, collected most of the research for your project, and begun the writing process.

The application deadline for the August retreat is Monday, July 30, 11:59pm CST. For more information, click here. To apply click here.

Interested in Becoming a Writers Workshop Tutor? Click here

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Upcoming Events at the Writers Workshop


Undergraduate Events

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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.

If you need to hire a proofreader, see the English Department's list of Editors for Hire. These editors typically work for hourly/per project rate, which should be negotiated with the individual.

You can also find information about the ESL Program's tutor and editor list at