Wilfrid Laurier University Part Time, Online and Continuing Studies Calendar - Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Writing Centre

Manager, Writing Centre: Boba M. Samuels, PhD Candidate, bsamuels@wlu.ca, ext. 3869
Consultant, Writing Centre: Jordana Garbati, PhD, jgarbati@wlu.ca, ext. 3339
Student Tutors: Top undergraduate and graduate students, professionally trained, paid
Appointments: Margot Snyder, msnyder@wlu.ca, ext. 2220
Daily Appointments: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during fall/winter terms. See website for summer hours.
Drop-in Hours (unscheduled):  4-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, during fall/winter terms. See website for summer hours.

Location: DAWB, Room 1-102
Website: www.wlu.ca/writing

The Writing Centre provides free academic writing instruction to all undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of the centre is to promote, support, and enhance writing at Laurier.

The centre offers individual writing consultations, drop-in hours, writing workshops, and in-class lectures or workshops arranged at the request of instructors. We also participate in writing and literacy activities across campus, conduct writing research, and collaborate with external partners on writing initiatives.

Students may schedule individual 50-minute consultations at the Writing Centre to bring papers in progress for constructive feedback. Tutors assess the major strengths and weaknesses of the papers and discuss revision strategies to enhance students’ understanding of essential elements such as focus, analytical structure, argument, and paragraph development. Sentence-level writing problems are also addressed to teach students how to communicate their thoughts clearly and precisely in agreement with the conventions of written English. Drop-in hours are for shorter, more limited questions and are typically 15 minutes in length.

The goal of the Writing Centre is to teach students how to engage in the tasks of academic writing and how to revise and edit papers in agreement with expected standards. Students are encouraged to conceive of writing as part of the learning process and to commit themselves actively to the long-term goal of writing at a professional level. All students who wish to improve their communication and language skills, including those with English as an additional language, are invited to work with us.

Writing workshops are available on various topics and are free to all students, with the new schedule posted every fall. In-class workshops designed to suit the specific needs of a particular course or discipline are developed in collaboration with instructors and in some cases end up becoming part of a course.

The Writing Centre has many resources available on all aspects of academic writing, both in our library and online through our website, which also provides links to major academic writing sites in North America.