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.

Spring and summer hours

  • Monday-Friday,
 10:00am - 4:00pm

Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards 2015

Have a paper you're proud of? Application to the 2015 awards is now open.


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 or drop-in next week with 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.



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.


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

"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."

"Susanne was very lovely. She helped me a lot with my essay in an easy going and relaxed manner. I wasn't stressed and was smiling the whole time. She gave clear explanations to all my problems and was very patient as I tried to figure things out. I feel much better about my essay."


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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