Welcome, SOAR Students and Families!
Welcome to Queen’s and to the Writing Centre. One of our goals is to help you make the transition to university-level academic writing. We offer many resources to support you in your first year, including
- handouts to help you write university essays and assignments, such as What Makes an “A” Paper, How to Develop a Thesis Statement, How to Avoid Plot Summary in an English Essay, and Conventions of Science Writing. See all of our available handouts here.
- course-specific, discipline-specific, and general writing workshops. The fall workshop schedule will be posted here (check back in September) and you can register for open workshops here (classroom workshops are available only to those registered in those courses). In particular, be sure to attend the popular “How to Write Your First University Essay,” offered twice early in the fall term, which focuses on the differences are between high school and university essays, strategies for effective thesis statements and essay structure, and tips on what your markers will look for in your papers. Or come out for “Effective Writing For First-Year Science Students” for help with writing lab reports.
- 1:1 appointments with professional writing consultants; 50-minute and 25-minutes appointments are available. See here for how to book an appointment.
- 1:1 sessions with Peer Writing Assistants. These 25-minute consultations allow you to discuss writing issues with and ask questions of trained peers. Read more about these sessions here.
At the Writing Centre, we work with writers at every stage in their development, from beginners to very proficient writers. Everyone can benefit from having someone read through a draft of an essay and offer suggestions for improvement. Be sure to book your appointment early!