Writing Centre Summer 2019 Openings

Only some of the University’s writing centres are open during the summer months.

  • The following downtown college writing centres will be open during the summer: New College Writing Centre, the Innis College Writing Centre, the St. Michael’s College Writing Centre, the University College Writing Centre, the Victoria College Writing Centre, and the Woodsworth College Academic Writing Centre. Undergraduate students taking courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St George campus can book up to two appointments a week across these six centres. (This includes UTM and UTSC students, though only for work in St. George campus courses).
  • Students can book at most of the writing centres in professional faculties: The Health Sciences Writing Centre is open to students of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Social Work until mid-July. The Engineering Communication Program offers appointments for in-person and online tutoring sessions during both summer terms. The OISE Student Success Centre will be open for limited appointment hours. The Daniels Writing Centre will be closed May 1-Sept. 6, but students may contact writing@daniels.utoronto.ca regarding a limited number of appointments during the summer sessions.
  • The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the U of T at Scarborough Writing Centre will both be open in the summer. Find out more about the writing centres at UTM and UTSC.
  • The writing centre for graduate students, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication will be open May, June, and August.

You may book an appointment either by visiting the writing centre home page in your college or faculty or simply by visiting the common online booking system. Just follow the instructions on the welcome page. You will find links taking you to all centres that you are eligible to use.

Workshops on Real-World Writing Genres: Law and Journalism

The UC Writing Centre is offering two excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about the kinds of writing practiced in two fields: law and journalism. U of T undergraduates from all fields of study are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Writing and the Law, with Simon Stern.

In this workshop, Simon Stern will provide a window onto the practice of law by comparing professional legal writing to other types of writing. Unlike creative and many other forms of professional writing, genres such as the legal memo or judgement typically begin with the conclusion and then recapitulate the path to the conclusion. What would count a spoiler in other genres counts as a virtue in legal writing. Professor Stern will show how the strategies of legal writing reflect the values and needs of the profession.

Simon Stern teaches law and English at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles and book chapters on legal fictions, obscenity law, and early conceptions of criminal fraud. 

Tuesday, October 30, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Writing and Journalism, with Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Held up as a watchdog of democracy and decried as a purveyor of fake news, the profession of journalism has become the subject of intense debate in the past few years. How can undergraduate students with an interest in journalism get a handle on what the future has in store for this constantly shifting industry? In this workshop, Kamal Al-Solaylee provides an overview of the world of journalism, whether pursued as a civic duty, a full-time career, or a side interest.

Award-winning journalist and writer Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and the recent Brown.  He has written for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Quill & Quire and Literary Review of Canada. He currently teaches journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

All workshops are free. Find out more or register online.

These workshops are sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Science and University College.

Intake programs for new U of T students in 2017-18

If you’re beginning your undergraduate degree, you can help prepare for what lies ahead next fall by participating in one of U of T’s many intake programs. Many colleges have designed programs specifically for their incoming students. Check with your college registrar to see what might be available. Here’s a listing of some of the college offerings:

  • New College offers a full day of academic workshops and events called Ignite on Saturday, September 9. Students are also invited to make appointments for individual consultations in the Writing Centre during the summer.  Bring a high school paper to talk about ways of developing your writing for university courses.  Book appointments online.
  • In mid- to late-August, University College students can attend one of six skills sessions as part of its Getting Started Early program. UC also invites its incoming students to bring a sample of high school work for a one-on-one appointment during June, July, or August. Book all group or one-on-one sessions online.
  • Victoria College offers a Writing at the University seminar for newly admitted students.
  • Woodsworth College offers its new students the Jump Start program, a full-day introduction to getting the most out of the U of T experience (lunch is provided). Register online.
  • UTM’s Head Start program in late August provides a free series of interactive sessions specially designed to help first-year students achieve success. Incoming UTM students can come to as many sessions as they like.
  • In the first half of September, Student Life will offer a number of workshops for new students as part of its Kickstart program. Registration begins on the Kickstart site in July.

Sachiko Murakami, 2016-17 Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence

Toronto poet Sachiko Murakami is this year’s Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence. Murakami has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poetry collections include Rebuild (2011) and The Invisibility Exhibit (2008).

Murakami holds office hours between 2:00- and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at House V, Room 6, Massey College, from Jan. 16th.

For more information, visit the English department website.

To find out more about opportunities to develop as a creative writer, visit our page on creative writing support.

Reading eWriting: Sign Up for Session 2

Would you like to energize your reading and writing?  There are still a few spaces in Reading eWriting for session #2.

Reading eWriting is a series of 6 short emails that will energize you for writing longer pieces.  You’ll get very helpful feedback from an ELL writing centre instructor.  For more information, visit the ELL site.

To register, just email Leora Freedman with your name, college, and year of studies.