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Are you a 1st-year student looking for some feedback on your writing? Book an appointment with a Peer Writing Assistant!

Are you a first-year or second-year student who would like informal feedback on your writing? Our Peer Writing Assistants can help! Book an appointment now–these sessions fill up fast!

What is a Peer Writing Assistant?

The Writing Centre’s Peer Writing Assistants (PWAs) are upper-year and graduate student volunteers who are committed to helping other students become better writers. They provide a vital component of our program, extending the service the Centre offers to students in developing their writing skills and confidence.

What do PWAs do?

PWAs are trained to work on-on-one with students taking first- and second-year courses; they help with clarifying the terms of the assignment, brainstorming, pre-writing and structuring, providing feedback, and directing students to the resources they need to produce good papers. For many students, this service makes a significant difference in their academic performance and confidence.

Sessions are 25 minutes long and are based on a collaboration between the PWA and the student seeking assistance – i.e., PWAs do not proofread or make writing decisions for the students they help. Instead, they help students develop their own skills in writing, editing, and critical thinking, in the context of working on a particular assignment.

When are PWA appointments available?

PWA sessions  take place Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:30, from mid-September to the end of November and from mid-January to the end of March.

How does the appointment booking system work?

To book your appointment: Click on an open (WHITE) appointment time to open the Reservation window. Select a date, timeslot, and consultant. NOTE: Available appointment timeslots are WHITE. RED indicates a timeslot is already taken, and BLACK indicates that appointments are not available during that time. A GREY timeslot indicates an appointment that has already occurred.