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What to Expect at the Writing Centre

When you arrive at a writing centre appointment, 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!

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
    • reviews
    • critiques
    • process books
    • applications
    • oral presentations
  • 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