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    Writing Support Centre: Summer Academic Writing Clinic (SAWC)

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    Writing Support Centre: We offer free one-on-one counselling sessions!

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    Writing Support Centre: GradLab: Writing resource centre for graduate students

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    Writing Support Centre: Weldon Drop-In Centre beside Quotes Cafe

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    Writing Support Centre: Find us here...

The Writing Support Centre

Summer Academic Writing Clinic

Learn More about the 2015 Summer Academic Writing Clinic

Welcome to the Writing Support Centre: inspiring words

Realize your writing potential at the WSC. Writing, so vital to academic success, can be daunting; to help, we have provided free writing support for the Western community since 1996. Visit our WSSB location or our Weldon Drop-In branch and have one of our writing experts review your work. We welcome all academic and professional writing, including CVs and applications.    

We offer:

Appointments and Drop-In Services

Looking for in-depth development of your writing abilities? Sign up for an Appointment and have an hour-long, one-on-one meeting with a writing counsellor. You can bring a particular assignment or simply come with general concerns. Got a quick question or need someone to give your paper a last-minute check? Our Drop-In services are available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the term in our Weldon Library location, beside Quotes Cafe. Please keep in mind we are not an editing service. We are a teaching unit.


Through GradWRITE, The Writing Support Centre offers services tailored to graduate students including one-on-one counselling, our annual Graduate Writing Conference, writing workshops, the Grad Lab and online resources. GradWRITE Writing Workshops offered through GradWRITE address specific writing issues for graduate students. To learn more and register for workshops click on GradWRITEThank you to all conference participants for making the 6th annual Graduate Writing Conference the most successful yet. To download pdf files from the sessions click on the slide show links.

Summer Academic Writing Clinic

Designed specifically for incoming first-year students, our annual Summer Academic Writing Clinic introduces you to the ins and outs of writing at the university level. This year's SAWC is happening July and August, 2015.

Workshops and Seminars

Whether you have specific or general writing concerns, we have you covered. Our Writing in the Disciplines (WID) workshops target specific issues in short sessions. 

Online Writing Lab

This section contains helpful Writing Resources to browse and download, Web Links to various useful sites on the World Wide Web, and the opportunity to have someone critique your essays via email with Online Writing Help.

WSC: Individual counselling sessions at a glance

Our staff of writing experts from disciplines such as anthropology, business, engineering, English, health sciences, MLIS, and philosophy understand the rigours of academic writing. More importantly, they know how to teach writing. They will not edit your paper, but they will diagnose your specific writing needs and help you strategize ways to craft more persuasive prose. Every paper is different, as is every reader.  Adapting to the requirements of the assignment and the wishes of your reader is key. We can help.  

Writing Support Centre counselling sessions by the numbers:

Counselling Sessions by the numbers 

2013-14 Writing Support Centre Evaluations: How would you rate our services?

WSC Evaluations chart

The Writing Support Centre