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.

December hours until December 5th:

  • Monday-Friday,
 Room 115, Burke Building

Exam writing and preparation workshopsNovember 27 or 28 | 2:30 to 4:00 pm

This workshop provides writing tips and strategies for writing your exams.

You’ll learn:
- how to study for exam writing
- time management in the exam room
- strategies for writing different styles of exam questions

Call 902-491-6202 or writing@smu.ca to register.

Dr. Carmichael's books receives praise!Following on the succes of her book, Fox Talk, writing centre senior tutor and children's author Dr. Lindsey Carmichael's new book, Fuzzy Forensics, was recently praised by Kathy Reichs, producer of the TV series, Bones and author of the YA series, Virals:

"Fuzzy Forensics is a wonderful way to stimulate young minds and pique interest in forensic science."

-- Kathy Reichs, producer of the TV series, Bones

 Books are available for sale - they make great gifts for young scientists. Call 902-491-6202 or writing@smu.ca for more information.

Congratulations to Lindsey! Another publishing success.

Practice in Place | AWELL Conference 2014

October 3-4, 2014 | Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia - More informtion

Thank you to all the speakers, presenters, and delegates to #AWELL14.

Notes and presentation materials will be posted over the next week.


Dr. Alister Cumming | PPT slide Writing from Sources

Dr. Theresa Hyland | Abstract

Julian L'Enfant | Abstract

Writing Tips

Free APA Style Tutorials

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 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)

Tips for Writing Effective MBA Essays (MBA.com)

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing (Entrepreneur.com)

Comments from Students

"Writing centre does really help me a lot. The writing assistants were very kind and helpful! I would definitely recommend going to WC to other students. :)"

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

"I enjoyed how I was not made to feel incompetent, but rather we acknowledged my skills and respectfully mentioned my weaknesses."


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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