At university, writing is one of our greatest tools, because it allows us to express, expand, and clarify our thoughts, as well as communicate with instructors. Yet, it can be a challenge. At York University, we recognize the importance of good writing, and the Writing Department's aim is to develop our students' critical thinking and writing skills to ensure their success in both their studies and future careers. The Writing Department's mandate is to help them become confident, articulate, and independent thinkers and writers
The Writing Department combines the resources and offerings of the three units previously known as the Centre for Academic Writing in the Faculty of Arts, the Atkinson Writing Program in Atkinson College, and the Professional Writing Program (transferred from the English Department in the summer of 2012).
Today, it consists of The Writing Centre, which offers individual writing instruction and small group instruction; the Writing Department courses that provide credit courses in writing, and the Professional Writing Program that leads to an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in one of three upper-level streams: book, periodical, and institutional communication.
Attention all students. Enroling for our individual writing instruction is now an online process. You may enrol from the Writing Centre page. We look forward to seeing you in the Writing Centre soon.
- THE WRITING DEPARMENT HAS TEMPORARILY MOVED TO 118 NEW COLLEGE (FORMERLY KNOWN AS ATKINSON COLLEGE). WE EXPECT TO RETURN TO OUR HOME LOCATION IN THE ROSS BUILDING (S335) IN AUGUST 2013.
At the Writing Centre, we maintain a fragrance free environment. Students wearing scented products (perfume, cologne, or even hand cream), may be unable to meet with a writing instructor.