Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2008/2009
Canadian Excellence

Writing Centre

Manager, Writing Centre: Emmy Misser, MA, emisser@wlu.ca, ext. 3339
Consultant, Writing Centre: Kristen Lautenbach, MA, klautenbach@wlu.ca, ext. 3869
Undergraduate Student Tutors: top students who receive initial and ongoing training
Appointment: Margot Snyder, msnyder@wlu.ca, ext. 2220
Daily Appointments: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays until 12 noon. Evening hours change every term and are posted on the website.
Office Location: Library, Room 2-213
Website: www.wlu.ca/writingcentre

The Writing Centre, one of eight learning services at Laurier,  provides free writing instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of the centre is to promote and enhance academic writing skills, and the program offers individual writing consultations, drop-in hours, general writing workshops, and in-class workshops or lectures arranged at the request of instructors. Writing workshops designed to suit the specific needs of a particular course or discipline are developed in collaboration with instructors and in some cases end up becoming part of a course.

Students book individual consultations at the Writing Centre in advance and bring either previously marked papers or papers in progress for constructive feedback. A writing professional or a student tutor will assess the major strengths and weaknesses of the paper brought in and discuss revision strategies with the students to enhance their understanding of the essential requirements of academic writing such as focus, analytical structure, argument, and paragraph development. Sentence-level writing problems will also be discussed to teach students how to communicate their thoughts clearly and precisely in agreement with the conventions of written English. The desired outcome of a consultation at the Writing Centre is to help students understand how to engage in the tasks of academic writing and to teach them to revise and edit their papers in agreement with expected standards. Students are encouraged to conceive of writing as part of the learning process and to commit themselves actively to the long-term goal of writing at a professional level.

During drop-in hours, students come to the Writing Centre for short consultations or to have more specific questions answered.

The Writing Centre has  resources on all aspects of academic writing in the resource room and on the website, which provides links to major academic writing sites in North America.