The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign promotes graduate study in the areas of written composition, language, literacy, and rhetoric. Comprised of faculty and graduate students from several departments within the university, the Center is a helpful resource for UIUC students and staff as well as the anyone interested in perfecting and honing their writing skills. As an informational resource, the site offers a platform to discuss teaching, share research, and build networks. One substantial section, The Writers Workshop, may be especially useful for budding writers. For instance, within the Writer Resources area, there are several Writer Tips on topics ranging from General Tips (such as Audience, Quotations, Transitions, etc.) to Genre-specific Tips (including Abstracts, Cover Letters, and Personal Statements). There are even tips and strategies for overcoming writer's block. Spoiler: take notes, practice freewriting, and remember - it's OK to work on a middle section first.
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