Writing Centre Workshop

If you are taking a first- or second-year course and would like some writing assistance from another student, you might want to sign up for an appointment with a Peer Writing Assistant.

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 do I book an appointment?

You can call our reception desk at 613-533-6315 or drop by in person and sign up on the sheet posted on the large white easel by our reception desk. You are also welcome to drop by during PWA hours (see above) on the chance that a time slot is free – but during busy times of the year, it is best to sign up early; these appointments tend to be in high demand.

Please note:

  • students may sign up for only one appointment per evening
  • these appointments are for first- and second-year course assignments only
  • please bring your work in hard copy; our PWAs do not work on laptops
  • PWAs will not help with take-home exams

We look forward to seeing you here!