Writing Support News

Are you looking for writing support for one of your summer courses? Are you thinking about your program for next fall? Are you an incoming U of T student looking for a summer program to prepare you for your first year at university? Are you a multi-language student looking to improve your reading and writing skills? Have a look at the range of resources for writing support at the University of Toronto, and make your plans accordingly.

Writing centres:

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

Note: 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.

Writing courses:

Courses that focus explicitly on writing are available in various faculties. They are designed to match the types of writing done in specific areas of study. Visit our page on courses to find out more about the full range of writing courses available for you in the upcoming academic year, and follow up by checking the online calendars for your program.

  • First-year students in Arts and Science on the St. George campus, for instance, may sign up for First-Year Seminar courses. Many of these small classes offer chances to get practice in writing and personal feedback from instructors.
  • Arts and Science students in any year may sign up for ENG100H (Effective Writing). Look under "English" in the Arts and Science timetable.
  • Arts and Science students may also take courses in the Writing and Rhetoric program. These courses are open to students in all college.
  • Students in Arts and Science interested in Creative Writing can sign up for one of three courses in Victoria College's Creative Expression and Society program offering opportunities to develop skills in creative writing in a workshop setting. Students must apply. Applications will be available starting April 1st.
  • Students at Scarborough may take one of several credit courses in English as a Second Language, focusing on analyzing and practicing the ways language is used for academic purposes. To find out more about the courses and the procedures for enrollment, visit the Teaching and Learning page of the UTSC calendar.
  • Students at Mississauga may sign up for courses in the Professional Writing Program. Starting with a course in Expressive Writing, this unique program takes students towards careers as editors, journalists, and professional writers.
  • Students in Engineering will also meet several required and optional courses tailored for their professional needs at all levels of study. They are coordinated by the Engineering Communication Program.
  • Graduate students can choose from a wide array of non-credit courses and workshops on academic writing and speaking offered by the Office of English Language and Writing Support at the School of Graduate Studies. Study the online listing and plan to register early when you have chosen the right course for you.

Intake programs for new U of T students:

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:

  • As part of its program for newly admitted students, New College offers a series of workshops on writing, research and navigating courses. Students are also invited to make appointments for individual consultations during the summer. 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 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.
  • The Academic Success Centre will be delivering a series of workshops on study skills in the first half of September as part of Kickstart. Registration begins on the Kickstart site in July.

English Language Learning (St. George Campus):

The Faculty of Arts and Science's English Language Learning program helps multilingual students gain confidence in using English at a university level. During the first 6 weeks of the fall and winter terms, Arts and Science students may participate in Reading eWriting, an online method for improving scholarly reading and writing. During the first 5 weeks of the fall and winter terms, students may also participate in the Communication Café, a series of interactive language activities which develop presentation and discussion abilities.

In spring and late summer each year, students may enroll in an 8-day non-credit course, ELL011H1F, Intensive Academic English. The course is specially designed for multilingual students who want to improve their scholarly reading, academic writing, speaking, oral presentation, and listening abilities. It is suitable for students in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

To learn more, visit the ELL website.

English Language Development (UTSC):

The English Language Development Centre at UTSC offers programs to help students develop the level of oral and written academic communication skills they need to succeed at university. The suite of programs consists of the Café series (Communication Café, Vocabulary Café and Discussion Skills Café), the Personalized Academic Reading and Writing through Email (RWE) and seminars. These programs are offered all three semesters. Students can explore the Café series and decide which combination of modules from the Communication Café, Word Play, Vocabulary Café, and Discussion Skills Café series would best meet their needs. Sign up on the Intranet to register for a specific session.

Students are also encouraged to take Academic English Health Check, a confidential service that supports students.


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