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The Writing Centre

A place where students can build their skills and become more confident, independent writers.

How we support writers

In keeping with standard writing centre practice, our tutorial methods are collaborative and focus on the individual needs of student writers at every developmental stage. Tutor-coaches and librarians work with all students, regardless of program or level of ability. Examples of what we help with include:

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Finding appropriate resources in the library and online databases
  • Planning what to write
  • Creating a strong thesis statement
  • Learning how to proofread and self-edit
  • Formatting essays in APA or MLA style
  • Creating a bibliography in APA or MLA style
  • Using in-text citations to paraphrase or quote other people's ideas
  • Anything else related to writing, research, or citations!

Appointments are 30 minutes long. We meet with students 1:1 in-person or online. Students may book a group consultation if they are working on a group writing project.

How to help students make effective use of the Writing Centre

Instructors play an important role in helping students understand the purpose of the Writing Centre and how we deliver our services. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare themselves will enable students to make the most of their appointments.

Recommendations:

  • Invite us to your class! Class visits are an effective way to encourage students to use the Writing Centre.*
  • Include information about the Writing Centre in your syllabus/Moodle. Feel free to insert or adapt our sample syllabus statement.
  • Familiarize yourselves with our services, standard practice, and FAQs. 
  • Remind students that we do not "fix" or "check over" their work. We help students become better writers by showing them how to proofread and edit their own writing.
  • Encourage students to visit us early in the writing process. We can help students with various aspects of the research, planning, and pre-writing stages, from better understanding their assignments and brainstorming ideas and topics, to developing research questions and outlines.
  • Encourage students to visit us regularly over the term but not book multiple appointments ahead "just in case." This can lead to late cancelations and no-shows, and, eventually, reduced availability for other students.
  • Contact us about any concerns or questions you have about our services. Email writing.centre@norquest.ca

*If you are a LINC instructor, please contact your Associate Chair for class visit information.

Suggested Syllabus Statement

"The Writing Centre is a free appointment-based academic service for NorQuest students located in the Learner Centre, which can be found on the 2nd floor of the Singhmar Centre for Learning at the downtown Edmonton campus. The Writing Centre team is comprised of tutor-coaches and librarians who provide personalized support at every stage of the writing process.  During your appointment, you will work one-on-one with a member of the Writing Centre team for 30 minutes. We will discuss your concerns/questions and work together to address 1 or 2 aspects of your research or writing. We invite you to make an appointment early in the term! Come to the appointment prepared with any assignment guidelines and marking guides provided by your instructor. We can also meet with you online if you prefer! Drop-in writing and research help are also available at the Tutorial Centre and Library. Please ask staff for information about accessing these services.

Note: The Writing Centre does not proofread or edit student work. Book an appointment and find more information at libguides.norquest.ca/WritingCentre. Contact us by phone at 780.644.5864, or email writing.centre@norquest.ca."