The Writing Room: Our Drop-in Space
The Writing Room offers supportive in-person and online spaces where students can both work on their papers independently and receive feedback from an instructor.
The Writing Room is a great place to get work done and to have shorter consultations with writing instructors and librarians. Just drop in — no appointment is necessary — but remember that the Writing Room does not replace one-on-one appointments, which provide more in-depth assistance.
In-person Writing Rooms are held in bright and airy WI 2008, conveniently located in Wilson Lounge.
Online Writing Rooms are held via Zoom, where a breakout “working room” gives students a place to work independently while in the company of other students and to request a private consultation should they want one.
Fall 2023 Writing Room schedule:
- Mondays 3-6pm (in person, Sept. 18-Dec. 11)
- Wednesdays 3-6pm (online, Sept. 27-Dec. 13)
- Thursdays 3-6pm (in person, Oct. 5-Dec. 7)
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Writing Room Link for Wednesdays Fall 2023: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/82039514988
The Writing Room will be closed during Reading Week (Nov. 6 – Nov. 10) and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 13. We hope to see you then!
You are eligible to take part if you are:
- a New College student, or
- a student from another college working on assignments from a New College program course
We look forward to seeing you!
Please keep in mind the following:
1)Please wear a mask to the Writing Room. If you forget your mask, no worries (we have plenty of extra masks available when you arrive).
2)If you are unwell, consider attending the Writing Room from 3-6PM on Wednesdays online (instead of in person on Mondays and Thursdays).
Thanks so much for helping all of us stay healthy and happy!
Why visit the Writing Room?
- Perhaps you don’t have a Writing Centre appointment but discover that you need some feedback. Whether you’re looking for some initial pointers on how to get started on an assignment, or some feedback about whether your thesis or introduction is on the right track, a brief discussion in The Writing Room may meet your most pressing needs. Or you may have questions about language, style and documentation. Come with a focused question about your paper that we can address in about twenty to thirty minutes.
- Work in a congenial space, where others are engaged in writing or getting advice, sometimes on the same assignment or on similar aspects of university writing. Having a weekly time set aside for writing (along with encouragement from others and opportunity to consult) can help you address problems with procrastination or writer’s block and keep the flow of your work going throughout the term. When several people work in the same space, energy is generated that helps everyone move forward.
- Invest in some planning for your workflow over the term. Do you over or underestimate the time you need to complete a paper? Are you often late handing in papers or highly stressed? The Writing Room is a good place to consult about making a plan to work through your papers as effectively as possible.
- Work on application materials (e.g., Personal Statements, Research Statements). You can consult about materials related to graduate and professional school applications in the Writing Room. You can also reserve one writing centre appointment per term for these materials.