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Writing Centre

Welcome to the Writing Centre!

What does the Writing Centre do?

Writing is a lifelong learning skill that is essential to scholarly and professional communication. The Writing Centre helps RRU students become skillful writers by providing assistance face-to-face, by phone, and online for all types of academic writing (e.g., course assignment, major project, thesis/dissertation, scholarly communication). Students can receive timely assistance at all stages of writing through one-on-one support and online resources. We do not proofread or edit students’ work; instead, we help students build skills and confidence by empowering their development as writers.

The Writing Centre is staffed by Theresa Bell, Jonathan Faerber, and Jamaal Cox (on leave until January 2018). To learn more about the Writing Centre's services, please listen to a welcome message from Theresa (click for transcript) and visit Writing Centre Services.

Are you new to graduate school?

Please listen to a message from Theresa that is just for you! If you'd prefer to read the text, click here for the transcript.

Are you feeling anxious about academic writing?

Please visit "Anxiety About Academic Writing" for information and resources.

How can you get help?

Option one: Learn more about academic writing

Are you interested in learning more about academic writing, but you don't have a specific question? Please feel free to browse the extensive resources available in the Writing Centre website. Sections that may be of particular use to new students are Academic Writing, Paragraphs, Structure, Plagiarism, and APA Style.

Option two: Get started on an essay

If you don't have a specific question but you have an essay due and you have no idea where to start, please visit How to Write an Undergraduate-Level Essay or How to Write a Graduate-Level Essay, both of which explain the steps in writing a document, as well as provide tips and links to more information on how to complete each step. Both guides also provide introductory resources on academic research and writing.

Option three: Get answers to specific questions

If you're looking for answers to specific questions, you may be able to find the information via WriteAnswers, which is a searchable knowledge base of FAQs. Simply enter a keyword or start typing your question in the "Ask us" window below or browse a topic. If you can't find the answer you need, please use the WriteAnswers contact form to send your question to the Writing Centre. We'll send you a private reply as quickly as we can, which is typically within one business day.

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Option four: Book an appointment

If you would like to book an appointment to meet with us, please visit Writing Centre Services for more information regarding the appointment types and access to the online booking system. If you are a non-native English speaker and you would like help with writing in English, please book an appointment with Jamaal Cox, who is the Writing Centre's English as an additional language (EAL) specialist. If you are an EAL student in "English for Academic Purposes" (EAP), the Pre-Master's Program (PMP), or the first or second years of an undergraduate program, please contact the English Language Centre so they can assist you.

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