WRITING CENTRE

The Writing Centre is a service available to assist all students with their academic writing assignments in any subject at any stage of the writing process. Trained writing coaches help students individually with writing tasks such as choosing a topic, formulating a thesis, generating ideas, organizing an outline, assessing paragraph development, documenting sources, and revising sentence structure, grammar, word choice, and punctuation. It is not an editing or proofreading service. There is no charge for this service.

WHY COME TO THE WRITING CENTRE?

Improved Writing: For three consecutive semesters, TWU conducted a study of first-year English and Writing classes. Students who attended the Writing Centre averaged one letter grade higher than those who did not attend. In Fall 2018, the average GPA for first-year students who used the Writing Centre was two letter grades higher than first-year students who did not. Writing Centre research consistently shows improvement in student writing after three sessions.

Targeted Help: Writing Coaches are trained to provide feedback and help students learn how to make the changes. Writing sessions allow for specific, targeted help with writing assignments.    

The first visit may require some bravery: to admit some confusion, to embrace some new way of knowing, or to leave with as many questions as answers. The Writing Coach will seek to provide a safe, motivating environment. Try it out.

HOURS

The Writing Centre is open:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00-4:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm

Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

LOCATION

The Writing Centre is located in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the Norma Alloway Library. There are satellite across campus such as the Graduate Collegium in the Fosmark Centre.

IN-PERSON WRITING HELP

Book an appointment

Fridays are Studio Days. Drop in to work on your paper and ask questions between 9am-4pm. (No appointment needed.)

For assistance registering for an account and booking an appointment, click here.

The coaching session will be 30 minutes or one hour long. (If you think you will need more time, you can book up to four 30-minute sessions per week, no more than one hour per day).

If you cannot make your appointment, please cancel at least three hours before the scheduled time, so someone else has the opportunity to participate in a coaching session.

Writing Centre appointments take place in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the Library. Please arrive five minutes before your scheduled appointment to check in; if you do not arrive after 10 minutes, the appointment may be given away.  

ONLINE WRITING HELP

Online Writing Sessions

TWU offers online writing sessions for graduate and distance students. Click here to schedule an appointment.

For more information on booking an appointment and the online session, click here.     

WriteAway

WriteAway is an online writing support service for undergraduate students. Students can submit up to three drafts per assignment, and the online tutors will provide feedback and resources to help improve the writing within 48 hours.

This service is a collaboration between public and private schools across British Columbia and Alberta. Please be aware that feedback will be coming from tutors employed by these other institutions as well as TWU.

WriteAway no longer requires an account. Submit your essay or writing question here:   

CONTACT INFORMATION

EMILY KEERY

Writing Centre Coordinator
e. Emily.Keery@twu.ca
t. 604.513.2121 local 3119

If you have questions, please contact: writingcentre@twu.ca or 604.513.2121 x3119.

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