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Welcome to the Writing Centre.

The University of Waterloo Writing 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. Jan. 11, 2017Literature review module on WriteOnline.cawriteonline.ca logo

    The Writing Centre is excited to announce the launch of the literature review module for WriteOnline.ca. The literature review module will help users to

  2. Oct. 18, 2016Service Disruption: Thursday, October 20, 2016

    The Writing Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 20. Writing services - writing appointments and drop-ins - will be unavailable, but come to the Celebration Fair in STC main lobby to help the Writing Centre celebrate this 40th anniversary milestone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  3. July 4, 2016Service Disruption Friday, July 8

    Writing Centre services will be unavailable on Friday, July 8, 2016.  Services will resume Monday, July 11, 016. 

    Check out our online resources in the meantime.

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  1. Jan. 24, 2017Grammar studio series

    Explore the ways that words and phrases fit together. Build simple and complex sentences. Make your paragraphs shine.

    This four-part series welcomes undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of experience to explore the mechanics of English, experiment with how its pieces fit together, and practice proofreading and editing.

  2. Jan. 24, 2017Annotated bibliography with Refworks

    This workshop will provide tips and practical experience on how to write an annotated bibliography, including using RefWorks to assist in its creation. A RefWorks account and basic knowledge of/experience with RefWorks is expected.

    Register for the workshop through WCONLINE.

  3. Jan. 24, 2017Professional communication in science

    Are you looking to volunteer in a research lab? Do you need to ask your professor for a reference letter? Are you looking to apply for graduate school and need to contact potential supervisors?

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  1. Nov. 10, 2016Five Reasons Reading for Fun Will Make You a Better Student (in Any Discipline)woman reading under tree

    It’s widely acknowledged that the number of people who regularly read for pleasure has been in decline over the past decades (Flood). Accordingly, although today’s post-secondary students spend a great deal of time poring over academic articles and studying classic novels for courses on literature, they’re less likely to pick out a book that interests them and read it purely for entertainment and relaxation.

  2. Nov. 3, 20169 Tips to Ace That Timed EssayImage of a happy dog with the caption

    Exams are almost upon us, and a familiar sense of foreboding has settled over the campus. One exam element that can be particularly intimidating for some students is the timed essay: an exam question which demands a full essay on a topic that is typically revealed for the first time during the test. While these kinds of questions may seem scary, there are plenty of ways to make them easy for yourself. Read on for tips about how to prepare in advance of the exam and how to approach timed essays before, during, and after the writing process.

  3. Oct. 27, 2016The First Word is the Hardest: How to Get Working on a Writing Assignment

    Often, the hardest part of completing a writing project is getting started. Whether you’re working on an essay, a lab report, or an online discussion post, there are all sorts of problems that can prevent you from penning those first few words. Let’s break down a few of those problems and explore some solutions that can help get the sentences flowing.

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