Writing Centre


Are there bananas?

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?


Between February 16th and 19th, hour-long appointments

will be available 10:00 to 1:00.

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, AT 107

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


6th Annual Writing Centre Scrabble Smackdown Tournament

Are friends in awe of your expansive vocabulary?                            

Do you love a little friendly smack talk?

Register by February 24th | writing@smu.ca | 491-6202 |SMU Writing Centre, Burke 115

Everyone is welcome!

Register and become the Wordsmiths of Saint Mary's!


Centre's evening drop-in is now in AT 107 (CAT Lab).

Drop-In hours: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Monday - Thursday



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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