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Writing Services

Writing services at Waterloo and Brantford can help undergraduate and graduate students develop the writing skills needed to succeed in their academic studies. We provide an accessible, supportive, student-centred environment where ideas can take shape and students can develop their writing through critical thinking.

Writing support includes:

  • One-on-one writing appointments (online and in person (not currently offered)) with a student or professional staff member.
  • On-campus, in-class, and online writing workshops.
  • Online writing resources.

Service Update

Our writing services are currently offered online. 

As the government takes a phased approach to re-opening the province, Laurier has been working to develop a detailed and integrated plan for the resumption of university activities as permitted by provincial health guidelines.

We remain cautiously optimistic, and are putting plans in place to increase our on-campus presence and in-person classes and student experiences, with the goal to return to regular in-person operations with minimal restrictions by winter term.

Scheduled Appointments

Scheduled appointments are conducted using Microsoft Teams and Google Docs. 

How We Support You

Writing Services offers individual and in-class writing support for all students at Laurier's Waterloo campus. We work with undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing process to help them enhance their academic writing. The key principle of our approach is to support the writing that goes on in the classroom in a way that helps students become better writers and achieve their academic goals. Our work is informed by internal and external research on academic writing and instruction.

Writing Services has three full-time staff and approximately 25 paid student tutors.

We are located in the Teaching and Learning Commons, 2nd floor Peters. Look for the Writing and Learning Lab, room P226. However, this space is currently closed and will open as soon as the province and University allow us to.

We offer writing support in a variety of ways:

  • Currently individual online consultations with trained student tutors.
  • Access to writing resources online.
  • On-campus workshops.
  • In-class lectures or workshops at the request of faculty.

Writing Services is grateful for the support of the Student Life Levy and the Beckman Writing Centre Endowment.

Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles

Our mission is to help students become better writers and achieve their academic goals.

We value:

  • An accessible, supportive, dynamic, community environment where ideas can take shape.
  • Learning that is student-centered, engaged, and interactive.
  • Diversity and a culture of inclusivity.
  • The crucial connection between critical thinking and writing.
  • The principles of academic research, inquiry, and integrity.
  • The central role of language in the production of all text forms.
  • The academic and institutional traditions of writing.

Our guiding principles:

  • Writing Services uses a genre-based approach to promote genre awareness among students and faculty. This approach is derived from analysis of professional academic writing, model student writing, and writing theory and research.
  • Writing Services recognizes difference and diversity among the various academic disciplines and, more generally, among discourse communities and rhetorical situations. We see Writing Services as having expertise on writing, rhetoric, and discourse; but each academic discipline is expert in its own disciplinary discourses and genres.
  • Writing Services does not operate as a service for "defective students" but strives to support students in developing understanding of and competency in academic text conventions and language, in partnership with the various disciplines.
  • Writing Services is research based; that is, we use research to inform our work. Pedagogy and research are tied. The notion that teaching and research intertwine is a foundational value of universities.

Scheduled Appointments

Scheduled appointments are conducted using Microsoft Teams and Google Docs. 

How We Support You

Writing Services offers individual and in-class writing support for all students at Laurier's Brantford campus. We work with undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing process to help them enhance their academic writing. The key principle of our approach is to support the writing that goes on in the classroom in a way that helps students become better writers and achieve their academic goals. Our work is informed by internal and external research on academic writing and instruction.

Writing Services has three full-time staff and approximately 25 paid student tutors.

We are located at 1 Market Street, Room OM209

We offer writing support in a variety of ways:

  • Individual consultations with trained student tutors.
  • Access to writing resources.
  • On-campus workshops.
  • In-class lectures or workshops at the request of faculty.

Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles

Our mission is to help students become better writers and achieve their academic goals.

We value:

  • An accessible, supportive, dynamic, community environment where ideas can take shape.
  • Learning that is student-centered, engaged, and interactive.
  • Diversity and a culture of inclusivity.
  • The crucial connection between critical thinking and writing.
  • The principles of academic research, inquiry, and integrity.
  • The central role of language in the production of all text forms.
  • The academic and institutional traditions of writing.

Our guiding principles:

  • Writing Services uses a genre-based approach to promote genre awareness among students and faculty. This approach is derived from analysis of professional academic writing, model student writing, and writing theory and research.
  • Writing Services recognizes difference and diversity among the various academic disciplines and, more generally, among discourse communities and rhetorical situations. We see Writing Services as having expertise on writing, rhetoric, and discourse; but each academic discipline is expert in its own disciplinary discourses and genres.
  • Writing Services does not operate as a service for "defective students" but strives to support students in developing understanding of and competency in academic text conventions and language, in partnership with the various disciplines.
  • Writing Services is research based; that is, we use research to inform our work. Pedagogy and research are tied. The notion that teaching and research intertwine is a foundational value of universities.