St. Michael’s College Writing Centre St. Michael’s College Writing Centre Welcome to the St. Mike’s Writing Centre The Writing Centre offers 30-minute one-on-one appointments with a writing instructor at the Kelly Library. Instructors help all registered St. Michael’s College students, including students in the Faculty of Theology. Any individual enrolled in an SMC course may also receive help with their SMC writing assignments. These sessions take place on the ground floor of the Kelly Library, in rooms 132, 137, and 139. Our Goal Our goal is to help you develop your own skills in writing, revising, and editing your own work. You can work with a writing instructor on any kind of written assignment such as essays, book reviews, critiques, essay exam preparations, presentations, and reports (yes, including science reports) at any stage of development, from conceptualization to final draft. You can also discuss your graduate school and scholarship applications. What We Do During the appointment, students can receive instruction in and an objective critique of their written assignments for coursework in any discipline. The following is a list of some examples of things we can discuss: Focus Thesis statements Argumentation Clarity in style and overall organization Citing sources Grammar What we Don’t Do While our writing instructors will advise on organization and style, they will not: Proofread your essays Correct grammar Provide feedback on the accuracy of your interpretation of the material included in the assignment, after all, you are the expert Remember, our goal is to teach you how to effectively proofread and edit your own work. Preparing For Your Appointment You don’t need to have a final draft of your assignment ready for review. Feel free to schedule an appointment regardless of where you are in the writing process! Bring in your assignment sheet and other relevant course material. Please bring a printed hardcopy of your work. Printers are available for use at the Kelly Library should you need to print your work before your visit. You are welcome to come back regularly to work on a sequence of skills and a variety of assignments. Drop-in Writing Help Were you unable to get an appointment? Do you just want a quick opinion? The Writing Centre offers drop-in group writing help on Monday and Wednesdays from 3-5 pm in room 302 (third floor) of the Kelly Library for quick consultation (maximum 10 minutes per student). Drop-In Help runs from January 13th to April 1st. Like with our scheduled appointments, students must bring in a printed copy of their work. Cancellation Policy If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so as soon as possible, but at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time. This will allow other students to get an appointment with an instructor. Repeatedly failing to show up for a scheduled appointment will result in you being blocked from booking future sessions. Writing Plus Workshops The St. George Campus College Writing Centres, in collaboration with University of Toronto Libraries, Career Exploration & Education, English Language Learning, and Academic Success, are offering a campus-wide series of academic skills workshops to the University’s entire student body. All workshops are free and there is no need to pre-register. The winter 2020 schedule of Writing Plus workshops is available here. The 2019-2020 schedule of Writing Plus Admissions Letters workshops is available here.