St. Michael’s College Writing Centre St. Michael’s College Writing Centre The Writing Centre at the Kelly Library helps 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. The Kelly Library Writing Centre The Writing Centre offers Writing Help Consultations, which are 30-minute one-on-one appointments with a writing instructor where students can receive instruction in, and objective critique of, writing coursework in any discipline. Writing instructors advice on matters of focus, organization, argumentation, documentation, grammar, and style. Writing Help Consultations will help you gain your own skills in writing, revision, and editing. While our writing instructors will advise on organization and style, they are unable to proofread written work. You can work with a writing instructor on any kind of written assignment (such as essays, book reviews, critiques, and reports, including science reports) at any stage of development, from conceptualization to final draft. You can also discuss your graduate school and scholarship applications. Please make sure to schedule your appointment well in advance of your assignment due date to leave time to make revisions after the consultation. Who Can Use the Writing Centre? The Writing Centre helps 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. Students may book one writing appointment per person, per week, and may hold a maximum of three scheduled appointments at any one time. All appointments take place on the ground floor of the Kelly Library, in rooms 132, 137, and 139. 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. To Book an Appointment Appointments take place on the Kelly Library’s main floor. Our offices are next to the computer stations, on the right when you enter the building. We allow one writing appointment per person per week, and a maximum of three scheduled writing appointments per person at any one time. 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 cancel appointments within the required time, or failing to show up for a scheduled appointment, may result in you being blocked from booking future sessions. Drop-in Writing Help Were you unable to get an appointment? Do you just want a quick opinion? In the Fall and Winter terms, the Writing Centre offers drop-in group writing help on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm in room 302 (third floor) of the Kelly Library. Like with our scheduled appointments, students must bring in a printed copy of their work. Who Are Our Writing Instructors? Esther Atkinson Esther Atkinson is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Anthropology and a Master of Information Studies. Esther has extensive experience working with undergraduates in both the sciences and the humanities. In 2014, she was a recipient of the TATP Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Toronto. Jaclyn Piudik Jaclyn Piudik is an educator, poet, medievalist and a long-time writing instructor/learning strategist. She received her M.A. in English from the City College of New York, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. Her scholarly interests are in language, literature, translation and the written word. The author of a poetry collection, To Suture What Frays (Kelsay 2017), and two chapbooks, The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8) and Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013), she has also been published in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing, and the Academy of American Poets’ Sellers Award. Penny Saeedi Penny Saeedi is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto where she has been teaching Media, Cultural, Literary and Gender Studies. She has also taught English, Communication and Writing at Ryerson, George Brown and Sheridan. Among her publications mention can be made of “Clothing and Colonialism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness” in Crossings in Text and Textile(UPNE, 2015) and “Female Figurations in Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us” (CJFS, 2013). Iris Brooke (Director – On Research Leave) Iris J. Brooke is an Associate Professor in the Teaching Stream at SMC and teaches in the Book and Media Studies Program. Her background is in Comparative Literature and Hermeneutics. Her current academic focus spans the intersections of pedagogy, cultural trauma theory, media studies and expressive arts. Additional Resources For other resources see the University of Toronto writing website.