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.

Winter hours

  • Monday-Friday,
 10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Monday-Thursday, 
5:00pm - 8:00pm, 
  • Saturday, 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 115, Burke Building
  • Sunday, 11:00pm - 3:00pm, Room 115, Burke Building

5th Annual Scrabble Smackdown! Tournament

10 team and 30 scrabblers duked it out for the title of Wordsmith of Saint Mary's. For the second year in a row and third time over all, the team Exotic Quixotics were the overall champs. 

Check out some photos.

2014 Undergraduate Academic Writing Award winners


Best Overall Undergraduate Paper

Daniel Giesbrecht, Irish Language Print Culture, 1550-1870 (History 4829, Dr. Marty Zelenietz)

Award: $300.00, transcript notation, Afficio publication


1st Runner Up, Overall Undergraduate Paper

Travis Crowell, What We Choose to Remember: The Human Costs of the Vietnam War (Anthropology 3334, Dr. Jonathan Fowler)

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, Afficio publication


Congratulations to all the winners!


Special thanks to the adjudicators

Dr. Rohini Bannerjee (Humanities)
Dr. James Cameron (Social Sciences)
Dr. Damien O’Keefe (Social Sciences)
Dr. Claudia DeFuentes (Business)
Dr. James O’Brien (Business)
Dr. Heather Sanderson (Humanities)
Dr. Philip Giles (Science)
Dr. Lindsey Carmichael (Science, Senior Tutor, Writing Centre)
Mr. Brian Hotson (Director, Writing Centre)

Dr. Carmichael's book 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 as they arrive.


Dr. Alister Cumming | PPT slide

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)

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

Verba volant, scripta manent