St. Michael’s College Writing Centre


Drop-in Writing Help @ Kelly Library beginning Wednesday February 7, 2018

English Language Learning Program – Winter 2018

Workshop Signup for USMC Students, 27 March 2018:

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To Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, please visit our online bookings page:

Book a Writing Appointment 

Appointments will take place in the Kelly Library, on the main floor in the Learning Commons. Our offices are next to the computer stations, on the right. We allow one writing appointment per person per week, and a maximum of 3 scheduled writing appointments per person at any one time.

If you’d like to book a Learning Strategy or Research appointment in addition to a writing consultation in the same week, please contact the Learning Commons co-ordinator, Richard Carter.

St. Michael's College Writing Centre
St. Michael’s College Writing Centre

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 @ the Kelly Library

Later this term the Writing Centre will be offering drop-in group writing help. Please check the times and locations in the calendar on the Kelly Library Students page.

Writing Instructors

Iris Brooke (Director)

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.


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.


Samantha Cutrara

  • PhD in Education, specialist in History (Canadian), Women’s Studies, Equity Studies, Critical Race Studies
  • Experience with developing research questions, incorporating primary and secondary evidence in writing, and formatting works cited
  • Can specifically help with reflective and analytical writing


Xiangying Huo

Xiangying Huo was a professor of English for over a decade in China, and a visiting scholar at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Language, Culture, and Teaching. She had worked with students across a variety of disciplines at the Writing Centre, York University for five years before she joined SMC.


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).

What we do

Academic Writing

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 you should do

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.

When we are open

Fall 2017: Monday September 18th through Friday December 15th (closed Monday October 9th for Thanksgiving).

Additional Resources

For other resources see the University of Toronto writing website: