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.


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

ESL Support drop-in hours

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



Michelle Obama says Go to the Writing Centre

"If you’re having trouble with a paper, get yourself to the writing center." - Michelle Obama

Full text


Obama. (2015, June 10). Michelle Obama to Chicago High School Grads: ‘Stay Hungry’. Time Magazine. Retrieved from http://time.com/3915678/michelle-obama-commencement-chicago/?xid=tcoshare



Parents: need some writing help and have the kids?

Don't let that stop you from getting some academic help.

 We know what it's like. We're parents, too.

Make an appointment and bring the kids.

We've a space to keep them occupied while you get help. We’ve books, crayons, stickers, chalk, and a comfy chair to keep them occupied. We've also a computer available for your older ones.




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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