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

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.

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.

Petra McDougall is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from the University of Victoria. Petra has been with the Student Success Centre Writing Support Services since 2012 and enjoys science writing and communicating research to diverse audiences. Her background includes being published in peer-reviewed journals, along with writing several articles in popular science online magazines, proposal writing, and she also relishes a good conversation about readability. Outside of writing, Petra enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with animals, alongside her spouse and children, particularly through activities like dog mushing, Nordic skiing, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, snowboarding, and bird watching.

Kathleen McWilliams has a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies and an MA in Culture and Society. She had a long career in a public relations/corporate communications firm and also has experience as a writer and editor of academic, business, and non-profit documents, publications, and articles. Within the Student Success Centre, Kathleen has diverse experience in supporting students at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD level in academic and business writing, citation styles of APA, Chicago, MLA, and Vancouver and also providing guidance with writing scholarship applications. Kathleen is from Calgary and enjoys spending time with family, exploring the Arts and popular culture, and travelling in her spare time to learn about other cultures.

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

Donna-Lee Wybert has been working with students through the Student Success Writing Support Services for over 10 years. She is passionate about great writing, and loves sharing this with students and supporting them with their particular writing goals. She has three disparate degrees in the social sciences and humanities, so she would say that is her zone of speciality, but she happily engages with and supports writers across the wide spectrum of academic disciplines.

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.

Samridhi (Idhi) Rijal holds double Master of Science degrees in Ecology from University of Calgary and Natural Resource Management from AIT, Bangkok. She is experienced in supporting students from Biology, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Nursing and Geology fields and is comfortable with APA and CSE citation styles. Idhi is originally from Nepal, and has studied and worked in numerous countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Switzerland before landing in Canada. In her spare time, she loves to cook Nepali and Italian food, develop her teaching and learning skills, and (most importantly) dance. 

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.