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.

Centre Summer Hours:

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

    Please note: the centre will be closed for tutoring from

    August 21st to September 5th. The centre will reopen September 8th.

Call for papers

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


The conference is presented by the Saint Mary's University Writing Centre, Centre for Academic and Instructional Development, and TESL Centre and the Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Committee


Any session on a topic related to Academic Writing & English Language Learners is welcome. Successful submissions will include a practical approach that conference attendees can use in their academic communities and writing centres. Sessions will be in a 30-min and 1-hour workshop format. Please indicate preference in your submission.

We encourage participation from all academic fields and disciplines.


Please submit your 250 word proposals by 4 August 2014 via e-mail: writing@smu.ca



Dr. Alister Cumming | Abstract

Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; Former Head of the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies (CERLL), University of Toronto


Dr. Theresa Hyland | Abstract

Director, Writing and Cross-Cultural Services, Huron University College at Western


Julian L'Enfant | Abstract

Academic Services Manager, TESL Centre, Saint Mary’s University

Writing centre tutor wins IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Medal

Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, centre science specialist and author of several science books for children, won silver for her book, Fox Talk.

Congratulations, Lindsey!

Writing Tips

Free APA Style Tutorials

Free APA Style Tutorials

How to Cite 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

"Such moments boost our confidence in our academic work before we even hand it over to our profs."

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

"I was really pleased because the writing assistant helped me to really solve the problems I have been having in writing, especially finding my own voice in my papers."


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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