Services

How we can help

Just a few of the things we can help with:
  • Understanding your assignments
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Finding or narrowing a topic
  • Organizing and outlining your ideas
  • Understanding the expectations of your audience
  • Communicating effectively in many different forms: essays, letters, artist statements, proposals and more
  • Working with sources to support your arguments and ideas
  • Improving your English language skills in both spoken and written English
  • Improving your vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation

What To Expect

At a Writing Centre appoinment, you can expect to:
  • meet a writing consultant who is welcoming, sympathetic, and respectful;
  • participate actively in the session: we will ask you many questions as we read through your writing together;
  • learn how the choices you make in writing affect your reader, and learn about different choices you might make to change or improve that reader’s experience;
  • leave knowing the most important steps you need to take to improve your writing, on this assignment and for future ones;
  • over time, build a better understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer and  develop strategies to help you improve both!

Online Chat + Written Feedback Appointments

Online chat appointments are not that different from our traditional face-to-face appointments, except that, well, you don’t have to physically be in the same room. You still book an appointment for a set time, and you show up for that appointment, but you show up in our online consultation space.

If you don’t have time or are unable to meet a tutor, you are able to book a written feedback appointment, upload your paper, and receive your feedback by end of the appointment! Click here for more detailed instructions on this type of appointment.

Here’s a simple “how to” for using the Writing Centre’s online appointments in 5 easy steps.

1) Log into our booking site with your ECUAD webmail login, using the first part of your address (before @ecuad.ca) and the same password.

2. Find a writing consultant who offers online chat appointments. Click on a white square, which indicates an available appointment slot (you can book 30-60 minutes a day, up to 90 minutes a week):

open slots indicated by white square

3) Select the appropriate appointment type. In this case, “Online Chat”:

Pick either online and written feedback

4) Fill out the rest of the pop-up window form. When it’s time for your appointment, log back into the system, click on your appointment and then click “Start or Join Online Chat Appointment” for online chat.

Joining online chat

5) Once you click that link, a new window will open showing three panels: a video consultation panel on the left (if camera and mic are turned on), a whiteboard space in the middle where you can upload or paste your text, and a text chat panel on the right:

Most people seem to prefer the text chat option, in which case just turn off your video and start typing in the lower right hand corner.

And that’s all there is to it! Just another easy way to work with the Writing Centre.


Drop-in Appointments

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Having trouble finding an appointment?

Just have a quick question?

Can’t commit to a set appointment time?

 

 

 

  • What: Daily timeslot of appointments (cannot be pre-booked) that run approximately 20 minutes and are first come, first served. You quite simply ‘drop in’ and sign up with the tutor on duty! For more information on what to expect or bring, check out our handy guide to drop-ins.
  • Who: Anyone
  • When: TBA
  • Where: Currently online only, through Zoom.

 

Resumes late September/early October 2020. Please stay tuned for more information on the room link.

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In Person Appointments (currently unavailable)

Log into our booking site with your ECUAD webmail login, using the first part of your address (before @ecuad.ca) and the same password.

The first time you visit, you will be asked to register for the system by filling in a form. You will only need to do this once.

You can book appointments that are 30 or 60 minutes long, and book up to 90 minutes of appointments per week. Appointments are available 10 days in advance.

If you can’t find an appointment, use the waiting list: 75% of people who use the waiting list get appointments when they need them! Visit the FAQ section for more information.


COVID-19 Update

To respond to the shift to online curriculum and to do our part to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 virus transmission, the Writing Centre is moving its operations entirely online, effective Tuesday, Mar. 17, until further notice.

When you book an appointment, it will be an online appointment. You can text or voice/video chat with a tutor in real time, or submit your paper online and receive written feedback 24 hours later. Drop-in appointments will be available through Zoom. More information will be posted on this procedure.

In the meantime, you can also stay connected with us through our social media, Instagram and Facebook.

Please email us if you have any questions: writingcentre@ecuad.ca

 

Updated: September 5, 2020