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Welcome to the Writing and Communication Centre.

The University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre is a hub of communication and writing practice, support, and research on campus. Communication is part of all academic and professional activities, and we offer a welcoming space to discuss, explore, plan, and implement feedback and strategies.

Whether you’re designing a presentation, building your ePortfolio, writing a report, or presenting at a conference, we work with you at every stage of the communication design process. Our sessions are collaborative and open. As the writer, your voice and ideas come first. Think of us as your partners in communication. We’re here to listen, discuss, and help you develop your academic and professional voice.

We are located next to the Student Success Office on the second floor of South Campus Hall (SCH). Drop by or contact us with any questions.

  1. Oct. 11, 2018October 11 Undergrad Cafe MovedPoster reads Thursday October 11 The writing & Communication Cafe will be held in SCH 219

    The Undergraduate Writing & Communication Cafe will be held in SCH 219 on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The Cafe will resume in MC 4060 on Thursday, October 18, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  2. Sep. 20, 2018HeForShe Writing ContestHeForShe Writing Contest

    Presented by the Writing and Communication Centre and the Book Store

  3. Sep. 17, 2018Grad Writing Café Cancelled September 25Image of a megaphone that says Service Disruption. Below the megaphone reads Grad Writing Cafe Cancelled on September 25, 2018.

    The Grad Writing Cafe will be cancelled on Tuesday, September 25 and will resume on Friday, September 28, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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  1. Dec. 18, 2018Grad Writing CaféGroup sitting around table with drinks and laptops

    Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

  2. Dec. 19, 2018Faculty Writing CaféGroup sitting around table with drinks and laptops

    Every Wednesday afternoon, we offer a dedicated writing space (with coffee, tea, and treats!) for faculty to write together. After the writing session you are welcome to stay to discuss writing goals, challenges and strategies with your colleagues.

    Faculty Writing Café:

  3. Dec. 21, 2018Grad Writing CaféGroup sitting around table with drinks and laptops

    Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

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  1. Dec. 14, 2018Why we need diverse holiday-themed fiction for adultsTwo people reading beside each other

    It’s December! You know what that means right? The holiday season is right around the corner. From Hanukah to Kwanzaa December is a time for family get-togethers and lots of food. So in the spirit of the holiday season, I decided to look up holiday-themed books (and by holiday-themed, I mean books that have a certain holiday as a key part of the plot) and was very disappointed with what I found. Holiday-themed books appear to be synonymous with Christmas books.

  2. Dec. 7, 2018Planning A man writing the parts of an essay on a board

    At the drop-ins, I often have people coming who are in the beginning of the writing process. They have often run into issues when writing, such as running out of ideas, unclear writing, or weak arguments. Their mistake? They simply overlooked one important part of the writing process: planning.

    As any writer knows, you need to plan out what you’re writing in order for it to be effective. Planning out your writing allows you to develop stronger arguments and be clearer in presenting them – both of which are essential to writing a successful university-level assignment.

  3. Dec. 4, 2018What is rhetoricPicture of two heads facing opposite directions with colors coming out of their mouths to symbolize communication and ideas.

    Have you ever tried to convince your parents to increase your allowance? I have. I remember trying to use whatever method I had to make my parents see my point of view, which caused me to use rhetoric without even being aware of it. Rhetoric is the art of persuasive speaking or writing, and we use it in one way or another whenever we communicate.

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