Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre, Room 214 in the new wing of the College, offers one-on-one help with all aspects of academic writing. You can come in at any stage of the writing process, from the starting point to the final draft, and you can bring the same paper in for several appointments if necessary.  In a 45-minute session an experienced instructor will read your work-in-progress and help you understand the topic, develop an effective thesis, organize a strong argument, document your sources correctly, and improve your grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.

We will also work with you on time management, lecture-listening and note-taking, studying and test-taking strategies, or any other academic skills that you want to improve.  The portable documents on this page are examples of the many self-help handouts we offer; you’ll find many more on the main U of T Writing site.


  • ONLINE APPOINTMENTS: when you book the appointment, upload your draft--or even just some questions or rough notes--and at the appointed time one of our instructors will add comments and suggestions, then put your paper back into our system for you to download.  An alternative to face-to-face appointments--try it!  NEW FEATURE: after initially booking your online appointment, you can log in again closer to the appointment time to upload a more up-to-date version of your draft.

Click here to login to our schedule and book an appointment.   

Hours of Operation, Week of April 14, 2014:

  • Monday: 1 to 4 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 to 7 PM; Online appointments 1 to 4 PM
  • Thursday: 1 to 4 PM

We're into the exam period now, so our hours are limited, but we are still open and will be throughout the Spring and Summer terms.  Appointments from May through August will be available for booking soon. 

Drop-ins are available whenever the Centre is open, but these depend on other students missing their appointments or canceling at the last minute; they're not guaranteed, in other words, but if you can wait for a while (bring some reading!), we'll try to fit you in.  



Portable Documents

Quick Facts

  • You can carry only one booked appointment per week and two booked appointments ahead in all.
  • You can have more than one drop-in appointment per week, though in busy periods we may limit this as well.
  • Missing an appointment or cancelling one with less than 24 hours notice results in a penalty point being assigned to your account. If you accumulate 2 full points, your booking privileges will be suspended.