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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.

Writers Workshop Featured Programming

Online Tutoring: To better support writers who are unable to attend face-to-face tutorials on campus, we are now offering online sessions. Find more information here!

Research-and-Writing (RAW) Sessions: During our regular drop-in hours (Mon-Thur, 4-8pm), Writers Workshop consultants and UGL librarians are providing collaborative sessions to support your research-and-writing needs (e.g., developing a research question, finding sources, incorporating sources, etc.). This service is particularly helpful for students enrolled in RHET 105, ESL 112, and CMN 111 and 112.

Business Consulting Services: During Spring 2017, we are offering a limited number of specialized sessions for entrepreneurial-minded students. You can book an individual or small-group appointment by visiting our online schedule and selecting "Business Plan Consulting" from the drop-down location menu. Students can also attend "jellies," collaborative group meetings where individuals working on separate projects can come together to talk about ideas and solve problems. Jellies will be offered every Sunday (starting 2/12/17) from 2-4pm in 251 UGL.

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Upcoming Events at the Writers Workshop

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Undergraduate Events

Integrating Sources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting, 2/22, 108 English Building & 4/12, 108 English Building, 4-5pm
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 through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting. This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates or Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Reading Scholarly Sources, 2/24, 12-1pm, 131 English Building
Do you ever feel confused by the academic sources your instructor asks you to read? Unsure of how best to approach dense journal articles assigned for homework? In this presentation, we will offer foundational strategies for reading, understanding, and discussing scholarly sources. This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates who are adapting to reading academic language in addition to Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Vocabulary Building & Word Choice, 3/1, 1-2pm, 119 English Building
Do you sometimes feel like you don’t have the right word to say exactly what you want to say?  In this workshop, we will talk about strategies for building your vocabulary and choosing the right academic word. This workshop will be useful for both native and non-native speakers of English who are undergraduate students.

Graduate Events

Friday Grad Write-a-Thons, 9am – 3pm, 251 UGL

Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join your colleagues from across the disciplines to re-energize your writing practices at The Writers Workshop's Friday Write-A-Thons, held most Fridays from 9:00-3:00 in 251 UGL. Stay for as long as you'd like or join us later in the day to work on your thesis, dissertation, article, manuscript, seminar paper, etc.  We will provide coffee and light snacks; lunch is on your own. The additional dates for this event are: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/12.

Saturday Writing Retreats, 9am – 12pm, Espresso Royale on Goodwin (2nd floor)

Make the most of your weekend writing time! Join us for sustained writing 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. This event will be held: 2/18, 3/4, 4/1, 4/15, and 5/6.

Writing the Literature Review, 2/22, 6:30-7:30pm, 1022 Lincoln Hall

Don’t know where to start or unsure of how things are coming together on your literature review? This workshop will address the lit review’s purpose and provide tips for writing an effective one. This workshop will be most useful for new graduate students who would like to talk about strategies for tackling the task of writing a literature review and experienced graduate students who want to brush up on good literature review practices.


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.

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