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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.

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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

Revising for Focus, Development, and Organization, 4/5, 4-5pm, 104 English Building and 4/25, 4-5pm, 104 English Building
Working ahead on – or finishing up – a writing assignment? This interactive session will provide tips for effectively revising your thesis-driven essays and research papers. We will focus on strategies for revising your argument, organization, and evidence. This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students who are currently working on course assignments, and you are encouraged to bring a draft to work on during the session.

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism, 4/11, 6:30-7:30pm, 131 English Building
Not sure what “counts” as plagiarism, what your professors mean by “common knowledge,” or when you need to cite your sources? Uncertain about UIUC’s academic integrity policies? Then this workshop is for you! We’ll help you define plagiarism and better understand how to avoid it. This presentation will not cover all the style-specific rules for citing sources, but you will leave with practices that are generally applicable to academic and professional settings.

Writing In-Class Essay Exams,4/20, 5-6pm, 4/26, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Are you worried about writing an effective essay under time constraints? This workshop will focus on how to study for exams, plan your answers, start your essays effectively, and manage your time during exams. This workshop will be most useful for undergraduate students who are preparing for upcoming exams.

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 (142 Henry Admin), and 5/12 (142 Henry Admin).

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.

Best Practices for Dissertation Writing Groups, 4/20, 11-12, 1060 Lincoln Hall, 5/10, 3-4pm, 1068 Lincoln Hall
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 other dissertation writers interested in forming a group.



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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