Writing Center
Writing Center

Campus Writing Center

Free consultation on writing for ANY Illinois College student, faculty or staff!
MAKE APPOINTMENTS by calling 217.245.3385 or emailing writingcenter@ic.edu. It is best to make appointments 48 hours in advance. You may also try our first-come, first-serve walk-in service.
We are located in Kirby 104.
We are usually open Sundays-Fridays during the day and Sundays-Thursdays in the evening.
Sunday 3:00 to 5:00 PM, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Monday 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
9:00 to 10:00 AM :: Appointments ONLY 
  • Call, email or stop in with any questions you may have during normal hours of operation.
  • We help any student, faculty or staff member who wants to become a better writer!
:: From first year to senior year
:: Transfer students
:: Creative writers and burgeoning scientists
:: ELL domestic writers and international students 
  • The CWC is CLOSED during the following times: Mondays, 11 AM (Convocation) / Wednesdays, 10 AM (Chapel) / Saturdays, All-Day
  • We also close during school holidays, on the evening before most school holidays and when the campus is closed. We have special hours during the first week of class and during Finals Week. If possible, we will accommodate you during these and other hours with an appointment.
  • See our Schedule Page or signage on the office door for full schedule.

Who Are We?

The CWC is the place for students, staff and even professors to pursue excellence in writing. Being able to write is an invaluable real world skill and we as CWC consultants work to help those who visit expand upon and enrich their writing.
First established in 1995 under the aegis of the English department, the CWC is now an independent unit of the Illinois College campus and growing every year. We surpassed our 10,000th consultation session in Fall 2014!
The staff is available to talk to you about your essays, research papers, short stories, resumes, poems and any writing you are working on. If it's in writing, we will help you with it! We talk to writers in any stage of the writing process; brainstorming, organization and revising. We stock a number of books designed to help writers of all kinds, including dictionaries, citation manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago style, etc.), business writing and journalism manuals, magazines of varied topics and journals and books on specific areas of study.
The staff is comprised of mostly junior and senior student consultants and as well as apprentices in the sophomore year. The staff have expertise in every division. Director Dr. Cindy Cochran, associate professor in the Department of English and Chair of Education, has expertise in rhetoric, nonfiction and academic writing. Occasionally, other faculty and staff members volunteer at the center.
Try out the helpful writing links and check out our journal, ICWrites. ICWrites is an occasional scholarly journal and is accepting submissions that will go into its second volume. Students interested in an internship should see the Internship Coordinator in Career Services

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