University Writing Center


Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Our undergraduate and graduate writing consultants are resource experts ready to help you with any writing project, academic or professional, at any stage of the process. We offer one-on-one appointments in a variety of formats in Macomb, the Quad Cities, and online. We also develop writing workshops in collaboration with faculty, in and outside the classroom.

Interested in developing a writing support plan tailored to your needs as a writer? We can do that, too!

Check out our hours, self-scheduling platform, and other resources below.

Faculty/staff: To request a UWC presentation or classroom workshop, fill out this request form.

Fall 2022 Hours (Aug 22 - Dec 16)

Macomb In-Person (Malpass Library, 2nd floor, west side), Online (synchronous) and E-Tutoring (asynchronous)

  • Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
  • Friday 9am - 4pm
  • Sunday 2pm - 9pm

Quad Cities (QC Complex 2219) In-Person Hours (for online or e-tutoring, see above)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 12:30pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 5pm - 9pm

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Video Tutorials and FAQ

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Session

  • Bring or attach supporting materials like assignment sheets, scholarship prompts, or instructor-provided resources
  • Be prepared with some goals for the session--what do you want to focus on?
  • Plan for about 30 minutes per 2 double-spaced pages (appointments can be 30 minutes to 2 hours)

Did You Know?

After your session, your consultant will enter a summary of what you worked on in the appointment system. It will be emailed to you, but you can also go back to the appointment to review feedback and download documents any time.

Staff, Contact Info, and Locations

Dr. Ashley M. Beardsley, Director (

Undergraduate and graduate writing consultant bios can be found in our appointment system, WC Online.

General email: (note: appointments can't be made via email)

Phone: 309-298-2815 (leave a message and someone will return your call)


  • Macomb: Located in the Malpass Library, on the west side of the second floor ( note: we've moved from the third floor ).
  • Quad Cities: Located in QC Complex 2219 (U.S. Bank Writing Center).
  • Online: Anyone can schedule an online (real time) or e-tutoring (asynchronous) appointment through the main schedule in WC Online.

Student Testimonials

  • “The consultant identified the issues, with resources (links) to learn about the error. They even mentioned/ noticed improvements from my last draft, I really appreciated that!”
  • “He helped me better understand what my teacher wanted and the breakdown of the paper.”
  • “The consultant was helpful and thorough with his work and helped me develop new strategies to complete my paper.”
  • “I am so grateful to the consultant. We had an online video appointment and looked through my draft together. She was very friendly, positive and encouraging while commenting on my draft. She helped a lot with the structure, suggesting ideas for better text organization. I am not very good at that and I am not a native speaker. Thank you very much for such a great center at WIU!”
  • “The session was exactly what I needed to gain confidence with my writing abilities and ensuring I was fulfilling the requirements of the assignment. Thank you for offering this service to students. I was considering dropping out and my faith has been restored. Thank you for the work you do and know that it does make a difference.”
  • “This was my second time working with this consultant.... She began her feedback by acknowledging that we previously worked together and making me feel welcome even over an e-tutoring appointment. Her feedback was well explained and insightful.”
  • “The consultant was amazing! She helped explain the solution the problems I was having and she made me feel very comfortable with my mistakes. She also gave me more confidence in my writing.”