Writing Centre

Writing Centre


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?

Winter hours

Booked appointment hours, Room 115, Burke Building

    •    Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    •    Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    •    Sunday, 11:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Drop-in hours
    •    Monday - Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Room 115, Burke Building

    •    Monday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Atrium 107

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


7th Annual Writing Centre Scrabble Smackdown Tournament

March 4th, 2017
10:00 am
Student Centre Café

Free, fun, all skill levels welcome. Teams may have up to three players.

Contact us to register your team by March 3 »
writing@smu.ca | 902-491-6202
or register in person at Burke 115


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Academic Writing Awards!

OVERALL WINNER & WINNER, Business Category (Upper Undergraduate)

Hayley Gavin, COMM 2293 - "Report on Private Accommodation Rental Services"

WINNER, Social Science Category (Upper Undergraduate)

Alicia LaPierre, PSYC 4827 - "Beyond Primary Victims: Child Victims of Terrorism, and the Role of Terrorism Media"

Honorable Mention, Social Science Category (Upper Undergraduate)

Elinor Hammond, POLI 2305 - "Simulation II Report, State C: Treaty Compliance Mechanism"

John-Paul Nduka Nwaezeigwe, POLI 3322 - "Globalization and Development: A Cycle of Continued Exploitation and Underdevelopment"

WINNER, Social Science Category (Lower Undergraduate)

Mia Samardzic, POLI 3205 - "Prostitution: A Reflective Analysis"

WINNER, Humanities Category (Upper Undergraduate)

Eric Franklin, HIST 4500 - "The Bard’s Witness: The Welsh and Early Modern English National Consciousness"

Honorable Mention, Humanities Category (Upper Undergraduate)

Eric Franklin, HIST 3301 - "Democratic Backlash: The Decline of Public Hangings in Early Modern London as Implications of the Ruling Elite’s Hegemonic Domination of the Justice System"

Paul Merrimen, ENGL 3351 - "Race, Masculinity, and Subjectivity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian"


New >> MLA Handbook, 8th Edition

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

SMU students should use the updated SMU English Department Style Guide.


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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