Writing Support Tutors

Writing support tutors offer free individual writing consultations to UCalgary students. Our writing tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and lend their expertise to every stage of the writing process in order to allow you to become an independent and effective writer.

Why Book with a Writing Tutor?

Writing tutors are here to support you at any stage of the writing process, whether it’s discussing writing strategies or going over feedback on returned assignments. Writing tutors can also support with sentence structure, thesis statements, grammar, citations, and more!

When booking with a writing tutor, consider:

  • Even experienced writers can benefit from working with a writing tutor. It never hurts to have an additional set of eyes to go over a piece and provide feedback.
  • It can be helpful to book with someone outside of your discipline to help consider how accessible your writing is to a broader audience. Writing tutors from other disciplines can also help you notice gaps in assumed knowledge.
  • It can be beneficial to connect with a couple of different tutors. Each tutor has a unique expertise they can lend to a piece of writing!

Writing Support

Taylor Family Digital Library, third floor

Contact info

Dr. Kendell Heydon

Stephen Guy is yet another Newfoundlander in Alberta. He has a PhD in English from Queen’s and an MA in Communication Studies from McGill. He has been teaching writing for almost a decade at various Alberta post-secondary institutions. He skis, bikes, writes, and makes music.

Lidia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. In her role as a Writing Tutor, she often supports students with writing from Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, and other disciplines.  Other areas of specialization include APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.  Outside of her work, Lidia enjoys baking, making sweets, gardening, and throwing pottery.

Caitlin Main (she/her) holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Quest University Canada. She is originally from North Vancouver and enjoys exploring the city by foot or skateboard in her spare time. At the Student Success Centre, Caitlin specializes in the arts and humanities and supports students in both academic and reflective writing styles.

Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in English and History and a MA in English Literature from Carleton University. Her research studies included Victorian literature and the intersection of gender and ageism in Canadian literature. She has professional experience writing online as a content creator, editor, and manager for a diverse clientele. Sarah looks forward to helping students grow throughout their entire writing journey. In her personal time, Sarah spends time avoiding bears in the mountains and cheering on her kids in their activities.

Ali Mohammadi obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. Ali has a background in supporting students with research papers, proposals, and theses, as well as the APA and IEEE citation styles. In his free time, Ali enjoys biking, hiking, and volunteering with different organizations.

Telford-Anthony (T.A.) Pattinson holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary. In addition to his background in Communication Studies, T.A. enjoys supporting students with English, Film Studies, and Political Science and APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. T.A. is from Calgary and during his personal time, he likes to read and collect comics.

Ralph Pollock holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is experienced in writing support for both graduate and undergraduate students in most academic disciplines, especially in the sciences and engineering. In addition to philosophy, Ralph has a strong interest in the natural sciences, digital technology, and world history

Sebastian Sawh holds a Master of Arts in Political Theory, Philosophy and Language from the University of Manitoba. His fields of study are political theory, philosophy, and history. He is originally from Winnipeg and enjoys playing tennis, golf, baseball and hockey in his spare time. Sebastian has lectured

at the University of Manitoba and worked as a Research Consultant for both federal and provincial governments. He is an experienced tutor and enjoys helping students develop their writing and analytical skills. Sebastian's expertise and interests include modernism and post-modernism, surrealism, nihilism, existentialism, metaphor and the philosophy of language, history, art, poetry, literature and the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics.

Dani holds an M.A. in English from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. (Hons) in English from the University of Toronto. Her research includes studies in literature and cognitive linguistics, with a focus on childhood language acquisition and meaning construction. Dani is an active supporter of the arts and has extensive experience writing successful grant applications for artistic programming. She has worked as a technical writer in the energy sector and in marketing for non-profit and tech organizations. She enjoys supporting students in organization and planning as well as developing clear messaging to meet outcome expectations. In her spare time, she likes to swim.

Donna-Lee has been a tutor and instructor at the Student Success Centre’s Writing Support Services since 2011, where she supports undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students with their particular writing needs and goals, across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. “D-L” has happily worked with students on academic and reflective papers, lit reviews, proposals, theses and dissertations, grant applications, business writing, reports, personal statements, various citation styles, and other miscellaneous academic projects. D-L began her professional life as a social worker (BSW), then moved on to become a visual artist for about 20 years (BFA). She returned to university as a mature student, acquiring an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies (thesis-based), which opened up new intellectual and creative possibilities, including a passion for writing and editing. A long-time Calgarian, she has travelled widely and loves engaging with the diverse University of Calgary community.