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?

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.

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!