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Writing Help

The Writing Centre offers various services to help you to improve your writing skills:

Consultations: Book a free one-on-one sessions with a writing tutor

In an appointment of up to an hour in length, you can go over your essay and help identify and improve your weaknesses. Writing consultants will teach you to handle many of the problems that arise at various stages of the writing process:

  • working with a preliminary draft
  • performing and managing your research
  • dealing with writer's block
  • and many more...

​Please not that the Writing Center is not a proof reading service. Call 613-533-6315 to book an appointment, or come to the SASS reception desk in the Learning Commons to book your appointment today. 

Workshops: writing help in a classroom setting 

QLC Workshops:
Register Online

There are a variety of different workshops to meet your specific writing needs. Presentations such as "How to Write Your First University Essay," "Writing Effective Thesis Statements," or "Avoiding Plagiarism" can help you to develop your writing skills. Remember to register early as the spaces in most workshops fill up fast! 


Credit Courses: 

The Writing Centre offers undergraduate courses in effective writing. These courses are designed to develop the skills that enhance your writing. Please visit the Writing Center website for more information on the courses. Credit courses in writing in the Faculty of Arts and Science are available online, through Continuing and Distance Studies. The courses are designed and taught by experienced Writing Centre staff. Students who take writing courses will learn to organize information and arguments for coherence and rhetorical persuasiveness, adapt their writing style to meet the expectations of various audiences, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own and others writing. They will learn the conventions of grammar, particularly those with which they have difficulty, and the formats and stylistic conventions of writing in various disciplines and contexts. In practicing and receiving feeding on their writing, students will become more confident, effective writings and editors of their own work.

For more information, please visit the Writing Center website. 

Tipsheets: Online writing resources 

Writing Handouts are on display outside the Writing Centre. You can drop by to view them during library hours. Topics include:

  • Referencing Styles
  • The Writing Process
  • Punctuation and Grammar
  • Writing Strategies
  • French Language Handouts
  • ESL Guides

You can access the tipsheets on the Writing Center webpage.