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Appointments & Policies

  • First select your university status to indicate whether you're an undergrad, grad student, or faculty/staff looking for an appointment. 
  • Click on an open white box to reserve the appointment. For a color-coded key, please hover over the "Help" symbol on the left side of the screen.
  • You can learn more about our consultants on our "People" page.
  • You may make appointments up to one week in advance.
  • Writers may have up to two appointments a week and are limited to one appointment a day, across all locations. The online scheduling system defines a "week" as any consecutive 7-day period.
  • 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 2 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.
  • 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 other writers' work may be asked to leave the tutoring session or their account may be blocked for the rest of the semester. 
  • We have 5 tutoring locations. If you don't see a time open that works for you on this schedule, please check the others. (Other locations will begin opening after 9/5).
  • Beginning Sept. 18, we will offer drop-in hours at the UGL (room 251) on Sundays from 6-9pm and Mon-Thur 4-9pm. No appointment necessary--just walk in and sign-up at the front desk to see a consultant. Drop-ins are on a first-come, first-served basis and are best for shorter papers (~1-4 pages), specific questions, or sections of a larger document. If you are an undergraduate working on research-based writing, you might also be interested in a Research-and-Writing session--find more information here.

If you're unable to book an appointment on the time/day you'd like, you may join our waitlist by clicking on the clock icon at the top left corner of each day and filling out the form. You may choose to receive notice when an appointment opens by email or text. The system will send an automatic notification to every person on the list; the first person who books the appointment will get it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 217-333-8796.

Fall Semester Announcements

Welcome to the Writers Workshop! We offer appointments on Mon-Thur from 10am-9pm, Fri from 10am-4pm, and Sun from 1-9pm. In addition to our location in 251 UGL, we also have satellite locations at Ikenberry, PAR, Grainger Library, and Burrill Hall. We will have online appointments available soon. 

We also have drop-in hours (in room 251 of the UGL) Sun 6-9pm and Mon-Thur 4-9. No appointment needed--just stop in to talk with a tutor on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-ins are shorter than our regular appointments, so are best suited to short papers (1-4 pages) or specific questions.

To make an appointment, you'll need to first register (select "Register for an account" on the left side of the screen). If you have already registered, you may be prompted to update your information for the current academic year.

You can find more information about our services, policies, and locations on our website:


If you need to hire an editor, the English Department maintains a list of editors here, and you can find information about the ESL Program's tutor and editor list here.