The Writing Centre offers individual instruction in all aspects of writing. Normally a student is permitted one 50-minute session per week in which he or she works together with an instructor on course assignments. The goal of the instruction is to improve the student’s ability to write effectively in a range of academic situations. Some students meet with an instructor regularly through the year; other students find one or two sessions sufficient to meet their goals. It is not necessary to prepare a draft before making an appointment; rather, it is common that students come to their first appointment with only the instructions for the assignments they wish to complete. Students often seek assistance with interpreting assignments, organizing research notes, getting started at writing, learning proper documentation styles, and learning to edit their own work.
It is important to understand that we are not a proofreading or editing service. We help students develop effective strategies for addressing the problems that typically arise for them in the writing process.
Making Good Use of your Appointment
Whenever possible bring a copy of the course assignment that you are working on to the session. The Course Outline and any information you can provide about course themes and readings will also be helpful to your instructor. No session can cover all the possible issues related to your writing. Your instructor will have ideas of what ought to be addressed, but it would be helpful if you also consider in advance what matters you would like to discuss in the session.
Most of our instructional sessions are by appointment, but we do offer a limited number of drop-in sessions. These sessions are 15 minutes in length and are most suitable for dealing with one or two specific questions. Most of our drop-in sessions take place in S329 Ross, but a portion are offered in the Scott Library. Look for us on the second floor of Scott, just to the left as one steps off the escalator.
How to Make an Appointment
All LA&PS students and students from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Health, and the Schulich School of Business are welcome to book appointments. Students from other faculties may see our tutors for their LA&PS courses only. The first step towards making appointments is to enrol with the Writing Centre. Come in person to S329 Ross Building to complete an enrolment form that provides us with information about your courses and the times that you are available to meet with a writing instructor. Within a few days of completing the form, contact us in person (S329 Ross) or by phone (416-736-5134) to find out how you have been assigned, and you can begin making appointments.
We recommend making appointments two weeks in advance. Because our instructors are in high demand, you must cancel appointments at least 24 hours in advance so that your appointment can be made available to another student. Failure to cancel will affect how soon you can make your next appointment. A "Late Cancellation" will incur one penalty point and a "No Show" will accumulate two points. Three penalty points in a single term will result in loss of privileges.
Group Sessions & Workshops
In addition to one-to-one instruction, the Writing Department offers a number of small-group workshops on specific aspects of writing. Titles, dates, and times will be posted in the Department and on the Department’s Web site (see 'Workshops' on the left sidebar).