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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

Practice Argument: The Stepping-Stone to Good Academic Writing
Dates: 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

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.

Developing a Research Question
Date: Oct. 20, 3:00-4:00, 1027 Lincoln Hall

This presentation will help students generate research questions from their areas of interest. Students will learn effective database search and refinement strategies, as well as tips on how to avoid common pitfalls. This presentation is offered in partnership with UGL Research Librarians.
This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduate students who are currently writing research papers.

Graduate Events

Graduate Write-a-Thons at the Writers Workshop
Dates: 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.

Writing Effective Abstracts
Date: Oct. 21, 1:00-2:30, 1028 Lincoln Hall

Need to write an abstract for a journal submission, conference, thesis or dissertation, or class assign-ment? Come for a discussion of the important com-ponents of an effective abstract, see examples of published abstracts across fields, and practice writ-ing your own based on an in-session prompt.

Publishing Your First Article
Date: Nov. 10, 4:00-5:00, 1022 Lincoln Hall

This workshop will walk participants through the timeline of publishing a first academic article in the humanities. This interactive session will review the basics of writing an article and targeting an appropriate journal. It wil provide an overview of the journal process from submission to resubmission and final edits. Both practical and emotional aspects of journal publication will be touched upon, from identifying your own publication goals to dealing with and learning from rejection.

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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?

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.