Brescia's place for writers
Welcome to the Brescia University College Writing Centre! It was our pleasure to help you this semester including online support! We are now currently closed and will re-open in September!
Covid-19 Note: I’d like to acknowledge Leo, Cali, Sarah, Vanessa, Tess, Menley, Jessica, Susie, Maddi, and Molly! Our tutors were extraordinary all year long, but especially phenomenal assisting virtually when we went online! Among the stress and uncertainty, they still took the time to help their peers and they worked boldly! Thank you to the team! And thank you to those who utilized our service! It was our pleasure! We’ll be back in September ready to help with your writing needs! Happy Writing! Stay Safe and Healthy! 😁👊✏️
Our drop-in sign up sheet is posted every morning of operation at the service desk at the Beryl Ivey Library at 9am. Sign up for 1 (25 min) or 2 (50 min) appointments per day. Appointments are held in the Library, please look for our “Reserved for the Writing Centre” sign. Click below on “Peer Tutor Schedule” for our hours. Our tutors are recommended by faculty, well-trained, and excited to help you with your writing needs!
To pre-book an appointment, click here: https://brescia-uwo.libcal.com/
If you can’t find a suitable appointment time to book online, visit our drop-in hours Mon-Thurs!
The Centre is here to support students and faculty as we learn to become more effective communicators. To help you become a better writer we offer a variety of services, including individual sessions with a writing tutor. During individual or group sessions, we provide:
Feedback on many forms of writing, including academic papers, oral and visual presentations, reviews, applications, and resumes
Assistance at any stage of the writing process, to help you learn strategies for generating ideas, locating writing resources, as well as planning, drafting, revising and editing your own work
We will not write your papers for you or serve as an editing or proofreading service. However, we will be happy to help you learn more about writing. We can use a paper you are writing and our resources to support that process. If you are concerned about a particular aspect of your writing, including grammar, we can help you to identify representative examples in your drafts and provide resources to help you learn how to improve your writing. Our goal is to help you develop your writing skills and become a better and clearer writer.
If you have any questions about the Writing Centre please email the Writing Coordinator (Dr. Magdalena Kubow) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester II January 6 – April 2, 2020 (Closed Reading Week)
Monday: Leo (ENG-Drop-in): 11:30am-1:30pm
Tuesday: Cali (ENG-Book online or check drop-in): 12:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: Molly (ENG-Drop-in): 11:00am-1:00pm / Sarah (ENG-Drop-in): 12:00pm-2:00pm / Vanessa (ENG or FR-Book online or check drop-in): 2:30-4:30pm / Tess (ENG-Drop-in): 2:30-4:30pm
Thursday: Susie (ENG- Book online or check drop-in): 9:30-11:30am / Jessica (ENG-Book online or check drop-in): 10:30am-12:30pm / Menley (ENG or FR-Drop-in): 12:30pm-2:30pm / Maddi (ENG-Drop-in): 3:00-5:00pm
Leo (he/him): My name is Leo McLellan, and I am an international student from Washington, DC. I’m in my fourth year at Brescia, and I am in the English and French programs. This year I am applying to teachers’ colleges, because I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was little. I love to cook and sew in my free time, and I am always keen to try a new recipe or project. If you see me in the hallways, feel free to say hi!
Cali (she/her): Hi, I’m Cali! I grew up in Stratford, Ontario and am majoring in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. I love, cats, coffee, and all things sci-fi.
Molly (she/her): I am a fourth-year English student who loves writing and all other creative pursuits. I also enjoy helping people improve their writing!
Sarah (she/her): Hi! My name is Sarah Treesh and I’m in my 4th year completing the BScFN Nutrition and Dietetics program. My interests include: Nutrition, leadership, community outreach, reading and writing during my downtime!
Vanessa (she/her): I am a fourth year student doing a double major in French for Teaching and Psychology and am hoping to become a teacher after graduation.
Tess (she/her): Hi, my name is Tess. I’m a third year English student, aspiring novelist, and know all about struggling through first drafts so don’t hesitate to come and visit at the Writing Centre!
Susie (she/her): Hi, my name is Susie! I’m a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in French for Teaching and History. I love being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. See you at the Writing Centre!
Jessica (she/her): Hi, I’m Jessica! I’m a fourth year English Language and Literature student at Brescia. No matter what path I’m on, I always find myself using my creative mind. Along with writing, I like to paint and draw. I value communication, teamwork, and thinking with compassion.
Menley (she/her): Hi, my name is Menley! I am a third year student pursuing a double major in Business and French for Teaching. After my undergraduate degree, I am hoping to pursue a Masters and eventually go into teaching. When I’m not studying or at swim practice, I enjoy reading, drinking tea and spending time with my dog. I hope to see you at the Writing Centre!
Madeline (she/her): Hi! My name is Maddi and I am in my third year studying history and classics. I love to paint, draw, read, and write. Anything creative really! I can’t wait to see you at the writing centre!
You are also welcome to attend any publicized writing workshops and to use our writing resources, including handouts.
Our services are confidential and the records we keep are not open to professors, parents, administrators, or other students without your permission.
Thank you for visiting the Writing Centre. By attending a session, you thereby agree to the abovementioned policies. We welcome your feedback and will do our best to help you develop your voice and communication skills. Happy Writing!
The Writing Centre welcomes writers to talk about their writing. In the centre, we share academic communication strategies, a reference library, and access to online writing resources. The centre is open to all students and faculty at no charge.
Individual Writing Consultations
- To book an appointment: https://brescia-uwo.libcal.com/
- Plan to visit for 20 to 50 minutes (for 2 appointments, please book 1 after the other)
- Bring your ideas, doodles, drafts, and assignment sheets
- For assistance with applications or scholarships, email the Writing Coordinator, Dr. Magdalena Kubow at: email@example.com
- See RULES HERE: Click Here for the Writing Centre's RulesWe will not write your papers for you or serve as an editing or proofreading service. However, we will be happy to help you learn more about writing. We can use a paper you are writing and our resources to support that process. If you are concerned about a particular aspect of your writing, including grammar, we can help you to identify representative examples in your drafts and provide resources to help you learn how to improve your writing. Our goal is to help you develop your writing skills and become a better and clearer writer.The Centre operates on an appointment and drop-in basis. Please check our website for available scheduling times: https://writing.bresciauc.ca/
- Writing appointments are always in high demand, especially during November/December and March/April, so please try to make your appointment well in advance.
- You may only sign up for 1 appointment per day (25 min or 50 min) This is to ensure fairness and accessibility.
- As a rule, a student may utilize the Centre (either appointment OR drop-in) as often as they are able (once a day), but, only twice per assignment.
- The Drop-in Centre operates: Monday – Thursday (Please see the Peer Tutor Schedule link above)
- Please do not sign for your peers. The appointments are allotted based on availability and on a first come, first serve basis.
- If you fail to attend your appointment without notice, you are considered a “no show.” This will affect your ability to make other writing appointments. Two “no shows” will result in not being able to book future appointments without the approval of the Writing Coordinator.
- If you are more than 20 minutes late for a 50 minute appointment, the writing tutor may cancel your appointment. This will affect your ability to make other writing appointments. Two cancellations (as a result of being 20 or more minutes late) will result in not being able to book future appointments without the approval of the Writing Coordinator.
- As a rule, we do not assist students with their exams / take home exams.
Please consult our schedule of operation to see who is available for French Language tutoring. Students make book a writing appointment online or via Drop-In Services to discuss writing or to practice their oral communication.
We welcome faculty to contact us about visiting classrooms to promote the Writing Centre. Mini workshops and classroom presentations about writing topics may also be arranged.
Two workshops are available upon request:
- Writing at the University Level – Talking about essays and more
- The Editor’s Tips – Identifying and revising structural, grammatical and mechanical challenges
Additional workshops may be offered in response to student or faculty requests.
Please check our social media pages for news about upcoming events/workshops! @WritingCentreatBrescia (Facebook), @BresciaWriting (Twitter)
Literacy, Learning and Teaching
In a student-centred setting, our Writing Centre Coordinator and peer tutors will help you to find your voice in the academic community.
We help writers to:
- Improve reading strategies
- Conquer writer’s block
- Assess the writing process
- Clarify ideas
- Discover disciplinary conventions
- Summarize, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize arguments
- Consider essay and paragraph structures
- Learn self-editing and revising techniques
- Develop strategies for effective communication in English
- Create a compassionate writing community
- Empower writers’ academic, professional, and creative voices
- Invigorate student thinking and writing
- Engage in active learning
- Teach, learn, and explore literacy
Brescia’s Writing Centre is the place for all writers.