About the Writers' Workshop


Because we all write, the mission of the Writers' Workshop is to support any member of the UMD campus community who seeks to become a better writer.

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Mission in Action

The Workshop facilitates collaborative conversations with writers at any level and at any stage in the writing process in order to uncover strategies for effective communication. Those who participate in such conversations engage in the continuing process of appreciating and developing the complex skill and the intricate art of the well-written word.


The Writers' Workshop opened on September 3, 2013, supported by funding from the Office of Academic Affairs. Collaborating with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, and the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies; the Workshop is able to offer one-to-one writing consultation to UMD's undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. The Workshop's graduate student and faculty consultants have held thousands of sessions with hundreds of unique writers from across campus.

Meet our Consultants

Meet our Staff 

Jill Jenson
Associate Professor
Director, Academic Writing and Learning Center
KAML 209
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Brenda Iallonardo
Executive Office and Administrative Specialist, Academic Writing and Learning Center
KAML 217
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Mia O'Brien
English as a Second Language Specialist
KAML 217
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Emily Woster
Lead Consultant
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