FAQs

Who can use the Writing Centre?

All students enrolled in or working on assignments for York University courses can make use of The Writing Centre's programs. Unfortunately, we do not currently have many instructors who specialize in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Select STEM in the "limit to" field of the online booking system to see instructors with expertise in these areas. Students in STEM courses also have access to The Bethune Writing Centre.

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 on the third floor of the South Ross Building. Reception is located in S311 Ross.

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.

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?

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.

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.