FAQs

Who can use the Writing Centre?

Writing Workshops: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs. Workshops do not require registration and are open to the first 25 students attending them at the start time listed.

Learning Commons’ Q&A: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs

One-to-one Writing Support (including face-to-face and online video chat): All students working on assignments for courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Faculty of Health, and the Schulich School of Business.

Students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs are also eligible for One-to-one Writing Support, though they must call our office to book appointments.

“Drop-in” One-to-one Writing Support: All York University students, including students enrolled in pre-university and bridging programs. These no-appointment-necessary “Drop-in” sessions are available in our main office in S311 Ross during our busiest times of the year. Drop-in sessions are 15-minutes in length.

Etutoring: All students taking courses in Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Writing Courses: All York University students, though enrolment may give priority access to Professional Writing and English and Professional Writing majors

How much does it cost to use the Writing Centre?

The Writing Centre’s services are FREE.

Where is the Writing Centre located?

The Writing Centre is located in the Ross Building, room S311. Check in at S311 for one-to-one appointments (unless your instructor is Margot La Rocque, whose office is TEL 2043).

Can I get my paper edited at the Writing Centre?

In the context of our various programs, we will happily discuss grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, and verb tense. We will not make corrections for you, but will propose revisions in ways that support your development as an effective editor of your own work. We are not usually able to read student papers in their entirety within a single 50-minute one-to-one appointment.

Can I make an appointment to work on a take-home exam?

Some Writing Instructors will not provide support on take-home exams. Please call Reception if you are looking to book an appointment to work on a take-home exam.

Can I make an appointment to work on a writing task that has not been assigned in one of my courses?

Some Writing Instructors will not provide support on writing tasks that have not been assigned within a course (i.e., resumes, applications, academic petitions, etc.). Please call Reception if you are looking to book an appointment to work on a writing task that has not been assigned by one of your instructors.

How do I book an appointment for one-to-one writing support?

Book appointments using our online booking system. Log in with your Passport York account and register a user profile. Then log in with the email and password you set during registration and select the writing instructor and time slot that work best for you.

How often do I need to update my profile in the online booking system?

Each September you will be prompted to update the information about the courses for which you might seek support from the Writing Centre.

How do I cancel my one-to-one appointment?

To cancel your appointment, log into the online booking system, click on your appointment, and select the “Cancel this appointment” option.

To make a late cancellation (within 24 hours of your appointment time), please call Reception at 416-736-2100 x 55134.

How do I choose a writing instructor?

Although you can receive helpful support from any of our Writing Instructors, we recommend that you find an instructor with expertise in the subject area within which you’re working.

In the online booking system, you can use the “Limit to” dialogue box to view only the instructors who have expertise in a specific area of study. In addition, each instructor’s personal bio will help guide your decision. You can read an instructor’s bio when you click on an instructor’s available appointment slot.

We encourage you to develop a professional relationship with one or two Writing Instructors with whom you can work on developing your writing as a sustained project.

Am I an ESL learner?

Students for whom English is a second language and who are in the process of learning English (through specific language courses or cultural immersion) might consider themselves to be ESL learners.

What ESL Services does the Writing Centre provide?

Many of the Writing Centre’s instructors are trained to support ESL learner’s specific needs. While one-to-one appointments may be slightly more language oriented, they will still reflect the Writing Centre’s focus on the development of student writers and not on the perfection of student writing assignments.

I am registered with Disability Services. How can the Writing Centre help?

The Writing Centre has instructors who are specially trained to recognize, understand, and assist students who have disabilities. Call Reception or the Writing Centre Coordinator for a list of these instructors.

We are working on equipping the Centre with assistive technologies. We invite you to bring and make use of any assistive technologies you prefer to use in instructional settings.

Within a 50-minute appointment, we can help you break down assignments into manageable units, work through your ideas to create an argument, and improve the clarity of your writing.