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NOTE: extended drop-in during reading week: 10.00-2.00 Mon-Fri Feb 23-27. No appointment necessary.

Qualified and friendly faculty tutors are available to provide assistance with your writing. This is a free service. You can make an APPOINTMENT or DROP-IN without an appointment (at particular times).

LOCATION: Fourth Floor of the Library, Room 474.
Take the central staircase to the fourth floor (the one with all the books) and turn left.

CLICK HERE TO Book your appointment online

DROP-IN  without an appointment at the following times:

11.00am – 1.00pm Mon – Fri

Writing Boot Camp

A series of seminars/workshops run by the writing centre. VIU staff will offer their insight into aspects of academic writing. All welcome, on a first come, first served basis. In The Writing Centre (Library, 4th floor). Spring schedule below

Writing Boot-Camp Workshops Spring 2015

Feb 3              12.00             Reading the Academic Article—Academic articles can be dense and difficult to read. But there is a method to reading such material that can improve your understanding and save you time. John Hill will read an academic article with you.

Feb 5              12.00             Finding suitable material in the library—Cameron Hoffman will help you develop an approach to finding what you need.

Feb  10          12.00             From Research Question to Thesis Statement. If you don’t know  what your paper is about neither will your reader. John Hill will address the vital issues of what you are setting out to do in your paper , what it is that you conclude and how you present that information to your reader.

Feb 12           12.00             Integrating others’ writing and ideas into your work. You’ve found your sources in the library, but how do you use them? Cameron Hoffman will help you integrate that material into you own writing.

Feb 17           1.00               Evaluating Resources—How do you know what kind of document you are looking at , and how you should use it (if at all!)? Bruce Cornwall will help you to make that assessment.

Feb 19           12.00             Analytic Essays — Carolyn Swanson explains how to defend a position  with reasons on a controversial topic.

Mar 2             4.00               APA Style—Heather Sanrud will explain the mysteries of the American Psychological Association’s approach to writing and citation.

Mar 5             12.00             Editing Your Paper.  Carolyn Swanson will help you to fine-tune your paper and avoid common grammatical mistakes. CANCELLED


Just show up—no need to book. But space is limited!