Writing Support

Writing Support offers creative coaching to help you become a more effective communicator. We also recognize the role that writing plays in inquiry and learning.

One-on-one appointments

Do you want to improve your writing? Writing Support Services offers free individual writing consultations for UCalgary students. We'll support you to develop an individual writing process that'll allow you to become an independent and effective writer.

During the consultations, you can

  • discuss your writing process and learn strategies to write more effectively
  • review returned papers to understand how to improve your written assignments
  • work with an instructor on an ongoing basis to improve essay structure, paragraph development, sentence structure, style, grammar, and punctuation
  • receive information on writing papers, book reviews or other assignments
  • learn how to use and document sources
  • Get help with English as a second language

The Graduate Writing Community also offers drop-in tutoring Mondays and Thursdays (1 – 4 p.m.) beginning September 9th, 2019. Registration is required.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email wconline@ucalgary.ca

Writing Support

Taylor Family Digital Library, third floor

One-on-one writing appointments begin Sept. 23, 2019

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hours differ for drop-in consultations

Contact info

Alaa Dabboor
Program Assistant, Writing Support Services

Drop-in writing consultations are not offered during the spring and summer semesters. They'll resume in the fall semester.

Free drop-in writing consultations are offered in the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Consultations are on a first-come, first-served basis. The sign-up sheet is available approximately one hour before the start of the consultation session at the first floor service desk in the TFDL.

  • Mondays 6:10 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 6:10 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 6:10 - 9 p.m.
  • Thursdays 6:10 - 9 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 11:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 11:10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Are you registered in a distance program at the University of Calgary? Writing support services offers synchronous tutoring for distance students using Zoom or Skype. Please complete a request to access distance appointments. 

Please note that all distance appointments must be requested with a minimum three business days notice and are subject to staff availability. We are not currently able to offer distance appointments outside the Student Success Centre usual business hours.

Writing Support is happy to offer an online venue for UCalgary students to submit questions from anywhere or anytime. This system allows students to submit quick citations or grammar questions. We aim for, but can't always guarantee, a turn-around time of less than a week on email requests for help. The more direct and specific the questions, the faster that we can respond. For more extensive feedback or support, please book a one-on-one appointment or visit our drop-in consultations.

Writing Workshops

Writing Support offers writing workshops designed with both undergraduates and graduate students in mind.

Undergraduate Writing Workshops

Through the fall and winter semesters, Writing Support offers workshops that all University of Calgary students can attend.

Learn more about undergraduate writing workshops

Graduate Writing Workshops

Through the fall and winter semesters, Writing Support offers workshops that all University of Calgary students can attend. These workshops are designed for students entering or enrolled in a graduate program.

Learn more about graduate writing workshops