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

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

Winter semester one-to-one writing support appointments are available from Jan. 20 to April 17 (excluding university holidays).

Writing Support

Taylor Family Digital Library, third floor

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

Hours differ for drop-in consultations

Contact info

Alaa Dabboor
SSC Program Coordinator

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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. Please complete a request to access distance appointments. 

Writing services are available during usual business hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  While we try to accommodate students’ appointment requests as quickly as possible, both in-person and distance appointment requests are subject to availability.  We encourage students to contact us a minimum of three business days in advance.   

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.

Writers’ Space offers a supportive environment for undergraduate students to work on their papers and receive structured feedback from an experiences writing tutor. Students can drop in at any time during Writers’ Space, no registration is needed.

  1. International Student Services (MSC 275)

    1 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 22 – April 16

  2. TFDL 150B

    6 – 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 23 – April 17

Tired of writing your thesis alone? Join us at Graduate Writing Community (GWC), a mini-writing retreat that meets every Monday and Thursday between 1 – 4pm (excluding university holidays) in a sunny space in TFDL 364. Here's what the GWC has to offer:

  1. Drop-in Writing Tutor

    Book a half-hour with our drop-in tutor when you arrive, and get private writing support during the session.

  2. Roaming Writing Tutor

    Get help from our roaming writing tutor whenever they are available.

  3. Short Presentation

    During the first fifteen minutes of every session, a Grad Peer Coach will present on a topic relevant to graduate-level reading, research or writing.

  4. Graduate Peer Coaching

    A Graduate Peer Coach will be available to help you with other aspects of academic success, including time management, motivation, supervisor relations, and life balance.

  5. Productive Environment

    Draw on the collective energy of your fellow students as you motor towards completion!

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

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