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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Most writing centres will be offering extended hours for the remainder of spring term, and appointments will be available at most centres during Study Break. Check your writing centre for availability.
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.
Most writing centres will be open during Reading Week, some for reduced hours. Check your writing centre for availability. After Reading Week, many centres will offer increased hours.
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.