For more information
Please drop by AC 210
(across from the Library)
Dr. Sarah King
Writing Centre Coordinator
Welcome to the Writing Centre
Writing Instructor PD session Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.
Here are some ways to get our help (and help us help you!)
- Stop in and browse our handouts or book a 50-minute appointment on the Intranet
- Sign-up for drop-ins starts at 9:55am, and the spots go fast!
- Drop-ins are 10am - noon, Monday - Friday
- Try Writers' Space on Wednesdays, 2 - 4 pm: See the Intranet!
- If the Intranet bookings are all full, use our daily waiting list in
AC 210: we'll call or email you if an appointment time opens up
- And check out our Online Writing Seminars--these offer extra help
Remember: Bring a print copy of your work (not a laptop)
Handout of the Week
Finishing the last term paper?
Make sure it's top notch:
We can help you become a better writer! Book an appointment, bring in a writing assignment, and receive individual feedback from an experienced instructor. Appointments are fifty minutes long and must be booked at least one day in advance. Have a look at our FAQs for more information. Writing Centre appointments are booked online. Check the Writing Centre's homepage for announcements concerning other available appointments.
At busy times of year the Writing Centre also offers drop-in appointments. Check our hours for the drop-in schedule during those busy times. Note that drop-in appointments are only twenty minutes long so it is important that you come with a focused question.
We offer free group seminars on many aspects of writing at university, including essay-writing, lab reports, editing, grammar and style, and more. Look for our workshop listings on the Intranet, and stay tuned to our homepage for announcements about all our upcoming events.
Writing Clinics are sessions that offer you the opportunity to work on your assignments in our computer-equipped lab and get help from peer coaches or a writing tutor. Go here for more information and student responses, including a video. Check the Intranet for dates, times, and details.
On-line Writing Handouts
Find our numerous handouts below or stop by The Writing Centre for free copies.
Writing is a process involving many steps. Follow the links below to select the most relevant resources for the various stages of your writing process.
See our complete list of handouts below. Note the terms and conditions for using materials on this site.
Customized In-class Workshops
Arrange for a writing instructor to speak to your class about grammar, bibliographical formats, or essay and report writing. You may also arrange to bring a class into the CTL-Writing Centre lab for a seminar. We can tailor presentations to your assignment and your writing concerns. Contact us to discuss your class needs.
Consultations on Assignment Design
A well-designed writing assignment can make the difference between success and failure for students. We have resources on assignment design and on writing assignments that don't necessarily take hours to mark. We also have samples of innovative and successful writing assignments. Contact us to discuss your course or assignment.
English Language Development Consultations
Almost half the students in our classes speak English as their second (or even third or fourth language). For strategies to support these students, visit the ELD faculty support page, or contact Dr. Elaine Khoo.
Handouts and On-line Resources on Writing
The Writing Centre provides a wide array of instructional handouts for students on academic writing. Hard copies of many handouts are available at The Writing Centre, AC 210.
Tips For Deterring Plagiarism
- Redesign essay topics each time you teach a class.
- Compare essays on similar topics to catch duplicate submissions, particularly in large classes.
- Assign written work so that the student must present it in stages (ie. proposal, draft, final paper). If time permits, encourage students to treat writing as a process rather than a product.
For more suggestions and samples of effective practices, see Margaret Procter's excellent advice online.
Task Force on Writing
Here is the report of the UTSC Task Force on Writing. We are working on implementing many of its recommendations.
Graduate Student Resources
We offer private, confidential one-on-one consultations on any aspect of academic writing, including thesis-writing, academic publishing, preparing materials for the academic job search, and any other writing-related topics that you, as a UTSC graduate student, are interested in. Contact Dr. Nancy Johnston to set up an appointment.
English Language Development
The communication demands of graduate programs are challenging. If you are concerned that your reading, writing, listening or speaking skills may be weak, you may wish to make an appointment with an English language specialist to discuss practical strategies you can use to improve your proficiency and confidence. Contact Dr. Elaine Khoo to set up an individual consultation.
Support for Graduate Writing Groups
Between Fall of 2004 and 2006, a group of UTSC graduate students formed a thesis writing group. All five original members, both PhD and Master's students, have now graduated. A study of group members suggested that the group led participants develop professional knowledge, personal development, and project management skills. Click here to find out about the group's activities in its first semester. If you are interested in starting a graduate writing group and would like writing centre input and/or support, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Resources for Graduate Students
Links to selected websites that offer advice and support on a range of issues of interest to graduate students.
Graduate students who are also TAs or course instructors are welcome to take advantage of the support for writing assignment design and classroom support that we offer faculty. UTSC TA Services also offers workshops and teaching support for TAs on campus. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Johnston.
For additional support and a range of non-credit courses on writing, the Office of English Language and Writing Support offers writing and language support exclusively for University of Toronto graduate students.