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?

Fall 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

Writing Personal Statements Workshop tomorrow.


This is one of the most important pieces of writing you'll ever write.

Thurs., Oct. 20th, 4:00-6:00 | L 274

We’ll cover:
• Pre-writing strategies and what to consider
• How to develop an effective personal statement
• Various forms and writing styles
• Aligning your personal statement with your research proposal

Bring your statement to work on with tutors.

To reserve your FREE seat, call 491-6202 or email writing@smu.ca
with your name and A#

Writing centre now part of the Studio!

The writing centre, as an academic service, is now part of the Studio for Teaching and Learning, joining the CAT, ESL Support, and LEAP program under the direction of Brian Hotson, Director, Student Academic Learning Services.


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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