St. Michael’s College Writing Centre St. Michael’s College Writing Centre The Writing Centre at the Kelly Library exists to help USMC students and U of T Arts & Science students registered in SMC courses with writing assignments for their classes. Students can book appointments for one-on-one tutorial sessions with personal writing instructors or swing by for a drop-in group session. 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 an appointment, please do as soon as possible, but at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow other students to get an appointment with an instructor sooner. Repeatedly failing to cancel appointments within the required time or failing to show up for scheduled appointments may result in you being blocked from booking further sessions. Drop-in Writing Help 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. 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. What We Do The Writing Centre offers a tutorial service on an individual appointment basis. Each student receives help from a writing instructor. The session may last up to 30 minutes. The Writing Centre provides instruction in and objective criticism of your written course assignments in any discipline. Instructors advise on such matters as focus, organization, argumentation, documentation, grammar and style. Their aim is to help you improve your ability to write clearly, coherently, logically and persuasively. They will help you gain your own skills in writing, revising and editing. They will work with you on any kind of writing assignment (such as essays, book reviews, reports, including science reports) at any stage of development, from conceptualization to final draft, as well as graduate school and scholarship applications. However, instructors are not there to do your proofreading. Please make sure to schedule your appointment well in advance of the due date to leave time to make revisions after the consultation. Our instructors regularly offer drop-in hours, group writing sessions and writing workshops. Please check the website for upcoming sessions. Who Can Use the Writing Centre? Arts and Science students who are enrolled in SMC courses (for work from their SMC courses only) and all students who are registered at St. Michael’s College (for work from any of their courses). What to Do Before Your Writing Centre Appointment Appointments do fill up, so book well in advance. Please respect our policy of allowing only one 30-minute writing-help booking per day. This rule helps make sure writing instruction is available to as many students as possible. Bring in your assignment sheet and other relevant course material. Please bring both a printed hardcopy of your work and an electronic version on a laptop, tablet, or USB key. You are welcome to come back regularly to work on a sequence of skills and a variety of assignments. Additional Resources For other resources see the University of Toronto writing website.