Are you considering a summer course, or do you want to work on your writing skills over the summer? Are you thinking about your program for next fall? Are you a new student looking for guidance on how to make the transition to university writing expectations? Have a look at the range of resources for writing support at the University of Toronto, and make your plans accordingly.
Only some of the University's writing centres are open during the summer months
- The New College Writing Centre, the Innis College Writing Centre, the University College Writing Centre, the Victoria College Writing Centre, and the Woodsworth College Academic Writing Centre will be open during the summer. Undergraduate students taking courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St George campus can book up to one appointment a week at any one of these four centres. (This includes UTM and UTSC students, though only for work in St. George campus courses). Book online.
- The Health Sciences Writing Centre is open to students of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Social Work until the beginning of August.
- The SGS Office of English Language and Writing Support will be open May, June, and August.
- UTM's Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the U of T at Scarborough Writing Centre will both be open in the summer.
- Engineering students may be able to get appointments by emailing
- The OISE Student Success Centre will be open for limited appointment hours during the summer.
- The Daniels Writing Centre, in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is open for limited hours until the end of July.
- The Drop-in Centre at the Academic Success Centre will be open part of the week. No need to reserve, but do check the schedule before you drop by.
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.
Undergraduates looking for a writing course this summer have a few options, including Effective Writing (ENG 100H). Look for the current Arts and Science timetable to find downtown course offerings. Undergraduates from all colleges can enrol in one of the summer courses offered at UT Mississauga in the Professional Writing and Communication program. Priority goes to UTM students. Check the timetable for listings.
Graduate students may sign up for one of the free non-credit courses for native and non-native speakers offered by the Office of English Language and Writing Support. Visit that site to see the course offerings and to register online.
If you are planning to enroll in a course on writing in the fall, you will want to consult our page outlining the range of credit and non-credit courses, and follow up by checking the online calendars for your program.
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.
- 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, ELL010H1F, 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.
To find out more about all activities offered during the year by the English Language Development Centre, visit the ELD web site.
Online advice is a hallmark of U of T writing instruction. Make the most of the material about academic writing created especially for U of T students. You'll find a wealth of advice files answering common questions among students at U of T.