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This is Your Library: Writing Services

Supporting your academic writing

Whether you’re a student, visiting scholar, faculty member, or staff here at U of G, you are generally required to write on a regular basis. Some of us write so often that it’s almost second nature; whereas others feel uneasy at the thought of putting their ideas into writing. Writing is an important aspect of our lives, educations, and careers. Developing as a writer is an ongoing process, and it is crucial to continually improve your skills. At all stages, from writing your first university paper to writing a research article for publication, Writing Services is here to support you in taking your writing to the next level.

This is your library, and these are your writing services.

In-Person Writing Appointments

At the library, we offer free, confidential writing appointments for all U of G students, faculty, and visiting scholars. In these appointments, we can provide feedback on drafts of writing projects, answer questions about writing in specific disciplines, and much more. These appointments are available both online and in-person from one of our staff members, graduate writing TAs, or one of our specially trained writing peer helpers.

“Writing services has been a very beneficial resource for me,” said Emma, a Hospitality and Tourism student at U of G.

Writing Services can do much more than look over your drafts. They can teach you strategies for organizing your ideas and structuring your thesis and papers; they can also give advice on clarity, cohesion, and writing style. English Language Support for students with English as an Additional Language and French writing appointments are also available during the fall and winter semesters.

All writing appointments are booked online and are either 25 or 50 minutes long. Before coming to your consultation, print off a copy of your document to make it easier to review during your appointment.

Peer Helpers

Our peer helpers are a dynamic team of undergraduate students who play an important role in supporting a variety of academic needs at the library. They provide important programs and services across campus including Supported Learning Groups, the Wellness Room, and of course, Writing Services. “The writing peers are group of dedicated and compassionate individuals who work hard to support the development of student writers on campus,” said Sarah Gibbons, writing specialist and peer supervisor, Learning & Curriculum Support.

Each year, the library strives to provide its peers with the guidance and training they need to succeed. Last year’s focus was on inclusivity and identity. Peers were involved in learning sessions about access and inclusivity taught by on-campus groups including the Office of Diversity and Human Rights and the Aboriginal Resource Centre. “A big part of our training is to help the peers know how to facilitate conversations to create a comfortable atmosphere where people can feel safe being vulnerable and sharing their work,” said Gibbons.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Helper and learn more about the work these individuals do, visit the Student Experience website. You can also stop by the Writing Centre in the Library Learning Commons to talk to a writing peer about their experience. Writing Services is hiring for Winter 2020, and the deadline to apply is October 14, 2019.

Online Writing Resources

Sometimes you may need some guidance with your writing... it may be the first time you’re writing a lab report or writing a literature review. This is where Writing Services can assist you.  

Writing Services offers a variety of online resources. We've got tons of writing resources, including a variety of tools, guides, and videos to assist you as you move through the writing process.

English Language Support

The library offers dedicated assistance to students with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Do you need support with reading, listening, pronunciation, and writing in English? If so, we offer appointments, workshops, and programs for EAL graduate students.

The Writing Room

The Writing Room is a reserved quiet room for writers to work independently on their academic writing projects. The room offers a space where writers can focus, meet deadlines, and produce their best work.

“It has been helpful to schedule specific times during the week when I will leave my office and dedicate myself to writing,” said professor Kate Parizeau, department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics. All students, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff can book a writing desk online.

Want to know more about how we can assist you with your writing? Email us at library@uoguelph.ca.