In order to work with a writing consultant, it is recommended that you make an appointment so that you can see a consultant at your convenience. Writers without an appointment are welcome to stop by any Workshop location during open hours to see if a consultant is available.
Schedule your appointment online at https://illinois.mywconline.com or call (217) 333-8796.
Here is what you need to know about making an appointment:
- Appointments are 50 minutes long.
- Appointments can be made up to one week in advance.
- You can schedule up to two appointments per week and one per day, across all schedules.
- During the regular academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), we offer appointments at the Undergraduate Library, Grainger Library, Burrill Hall, Ikenberry, PAR, and online. During the summer, we are open at the Undergraduate Library (room 251) and also offer online appointments.
- Writers Workshop consultants do not read texts in advance of the session. Sessions are interactive and writer-directed. If you have a long text, you should expect to need more than one session to fully cover the paper (or thesis/dissertation chapter, etc.).
- You can see a consultant at any stage of the writing process, whether you're having trouble getting started or want someone to help you apply proofreading skills before submitting the final document.
Appointments for group projects are welcome. Please let us know when you make your appointment: In the box "What would you like to work on?" explain that this is a group project and include the total number of people in the group and the names of those who will be attending the session. At least half the group must be present for a group project appointment.
Ways to Make Your Appointment Successful
To get the most out of a session, we encourage you to schedule appointments as far before the due date of an assignment as you can.
Please bring your assignment sheet with you. It helps our consultants to know the directions and evaluation criteria for an assignment.
Consultants can work with either hardcopy or electronic versions of your work. We strongly encourage you to take notes and make revisions during the session, if you wish.
Writers Workshop Policies
The Writers Workshops' policies were created to best support all the writers who would like to benefit from our services. Because the Writers Workshop is a learning center, our policies are designed to ensure that students experience sessions that will help them gain skills that they can apply on their own in other writing situations. We also strive to uphold (and teach, when applicable) the University's standards for academic integrity.
- If you are 10 or more minutes late for your appointment, we may mark it as "missed" and give that time to another writer.
- If you miss two appointments in a semester, you will be blocked from making appointments for the rest of the semester. You may cancel an appointment up to 4 hours before your session. If you need to cancel on shorter notice, please call the Workshop at 217-333-8796. Except under extenuating circumstances, an appointment cancelled 4 or fewer hours before the scheduled time will be marked as missed.
- During midterms and finals, we reserve the right to limit writers to one appointment per week to allow the maximum number of people to have appointments.
- All appointments must be made under your own name and email account. You may use only one email account. Users with more than one account, who make an appointment under another person's account, or who allow another person to make an appointment under their account may be blocked for the rest of the semester.
- The writing you bring must be your own. Users who bring another writer's work may be asked to leave the tutoring session or their account may be blocked for the rest of the semester.
- The Writers Workshop does not provide proofreading or editing services. While we are happ to address issues of grammar, syntax, style, etc., our aim is to help writers cultivate their own self-editing strategies. Writers who desire line-by-line editing are invited to contact the editors on the English Department's editor-for-hire list or the ESL Program's tutoring and editing services. Find more information about our editing and proofreading policy here.
- In rare cases (e.g., disability accommodations), exceptions to these policies (e.g., session length, number of sessions per week or day) may be waived by the Writers Workshop director. Please contact Dr. Wisniewski at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your situation.