Writing Centre


Are there bananas?

The centre provides free, academic support for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

We offer in-person, one-on-one tutoring, as well as workshops, in-class presentations, and online support.

What does the writing centre do?

Spring and Summer Hours

Booked appointment hours, Room 115, Burke Building

    •    Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Make appointments online, 902-491-6202, or writing@smu.ca


August 16 and 17, 2016

Nervous about starting university?

Get a head start on university now.  Meet students like you, and make friends.

Writing at a university level is demanding, whether for Business, Arts, or Science. The Summer Writing Workshop provides you with an opportunity to develop skills before university.


Click for more information or to sign up.


MLA Handbook, 8th Edition

Updates to MLA style and citation are now available (8th edition).                                       

New SMU MLA Style Guide is coming soon. Here is the current one (7th edition).


 Writing Tips

The writing centre's writing centre, OWL Purdue

Free APA Style Tutorials

The Chicago Manual of Style Online - Submit a Question to the Style Q&A

Expanded help in citing social media in APA Style (Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+)

An excellent list of logical fallacies - An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (Ali Almossawi) 

Why never to use wikipedia as a reliable source of information - Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia (Salon.com)

70 Useful Sentences for Academic Writing (ThinkELT.com)

Words to Eliminate from Your Vocabulary (BusinessInsider)

Comments from Students

"I worked with Jamie throughout this whole year, and he is truly amazing. He has helped me improve my writing a great deal!"

"This service has been very beneficial to me, and I will recommend it to my fellow students at the EMBA program."

"I am in my 4th year, and this was my first experience with the writing centre. I think it might have been easier for my university writing career if I had come in [to the centre] sooner."


The Writing Centre
Rm 115, Burke Building,
Saint Mary's University,
923 Robie Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3

writing@smu.ca | 902-491-6202

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