I haven’t started writing yet. Can I still make a writing centre appointment?
Absolutely. We work with students at all stages of the writing process. Some students want help interpreting assignment questions and getting started. Some students find it useful to talk through their ideas before writing. And some students want advice about how to work in new genres of writing or to switch to more complex forms of writing. Consultations are geared to what you need.
I can’t get an appointment. Can I still get help on my assignment?
Put your name on our Waitlist and the Daily Call list. Also, you can bring your work to The Writing Room. Generally, we find that students who use the Waitlist and Call List are very successful in getting last minute appointments. Find out more here.
What should I bring to a writing centre appointment?
Please bring your assignment sheet and your student card. If you are bringing a draft, part-draft, outline, or drafted notes, bring them in hard copy. Depending on what you want to work on, you may also find it useful to bring your readings.
Can I bring job application materials (my resume and cover letter) to a Writing Centre appointment?
No. We only look at academic writing at the Writing Centre. Check out the Career Centre for useful advice pages and workshops to help you with the job search.
Can I bring in group assignments? Who should come to that appointment?
Certainly. One or more members of a group may book an appointment to work on a group project. We don’t work with text for which the author is not present, but we can help you develop questions and editorial strategies that you can take back to any members of the group unable to attend the appointment. The person who books the appointment must attend the session and be eligible to book (a New College student or a student working on a group assignment for a New College course).
I didn’t get a chance to print out my draft. What should I do?
If you don’t have a printed copy of your draft, you can visit the New College library to produce one and then return to your appointment.