Responding to Student Writing

The text that follows is adapted from a presentation the Writers Workshop provides at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning’s Graduate Teaching Academy each semester. Please contact us if you would like to schedule the full presentation for your department or unit. Why reflect on best practices for responding to student writing? Written […]

Writing and Well-Being

Writing a PhD dissertation (or Master’s thesis) is a complex and lengthy process. As graduate students complete these writing tasks, they are socialized into their chosen professional field or discipline. Paradoxically, writing in graduate school is often an isolating activity where many students establish negative writing behaviors that they may carry with them into their […]

Academic Writing

These resources provide tips for approaching a range of academic writing activities, from integrating sources in research-based texts to acing your in-class exams to creating research posters. In this section you’ll find the following resources: College-Level Academic Writing Expectations Understanding Assignments Rhetorical Analysis Reading Scholarly Sources Integrating Sources Citing Sources Abstracts Research Proposals Research Posters […]

Diversity Statements

Diversity statements are a relatively new genre, but they’re increasingly being requested or required for those seeking jobs in academia. While job ads might provide a variety of prompts for the diversity statement, the overall purpose of this text is to show that you are committed to contributing to the institution’s goals surrounding diversity and […]

Dealing with Critical Feedback

When you get negative feedback, give yourself time to process it. Be open to suggestions and making changes, but also reflect critically. Use your support system to help you process, understand, and emotionally deal with feedback and revision. Processing & Integrating Critical Feedback When writers receive critical feedback, they commonly move through several common stages: […]

Teaching Philosophy Statements

A statement of teaching philosophy is an argument-driven document that conveys your understanding of teaching and learning and your goals for teaching. It should also provide some evidence of your teaching practices by including concrete, specific examples of your in-class methods, assignments, and evaluation methods. Your statement of teaching philosophy should allow readers to “see” […]

Cover Letters

Cover letters are often requested as part of job applications, typically alongside resumes, and serve to help persuade employers to offer you an interview. In many cases, the cover letter will serve as the “cover” (or first page) of your application materials and as your first impression and introduction to your potential future employer. As […]

Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose

On this Page: Approaches General Structure Getting Started Other Tips Revising and Editing A personal statement and/or a statement of purpose is often required by graduate school applications. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, but sometimes they can have different meanings. For example, some schools might use the term personal statement to ask for more […]


Policies for Writers: Writers Workshop Code of Conduct: The Writers Workshop operates within the larger inclusive and professional environment of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In creating a diverse and respectful environment, the Writers Workshop will not accept verbal abuse or acts of intolerance, including those based on race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, political orientation, language, […]

Teaching Linguistically Diverse Writers

On This Page: Acquiring Academic Literacy Responding to Linguistically Diverse Students’ Writing For Further Reading Related Links The University of Illinois celebrates “our diverse community” as the “most powerful asset” of our world-class university. As our campus welcomes students and faculty from the state of Illinois and beyond, we strive to create an inclusive and […]