The FLAME University Writing Centre is based on a simple pedagogical insight: that academic learning is for people, and not vice versa. University assignments are not (and should not be allowed to become) an obstacle course, but properly understood, they are the context in which students discover their intellectual lives. Moreover, since the crucial step in intellectual growth is writing, this is where University students truly find themselves, and each other: in and through their writing.
Our Writing Centre offers the student community an arena in which to engage with itself, in intellectually empowering ways. Any student can make an appointment, or drop in, to discuss a writing assignment with our undergraduate peer tutors. These consultations are holistic, helping students not only to excel in curricular terms, but to take a step forward in their personal intellectual growth. All this occurs in the proper environment for writing: i.e., communication, first and foremost, with one's (engaged, but not expert) peers.
If I'm a student doing a research paper, how will consulting at the Writing Centre add to what I already know from my classes with faculty?
It’s one thing (and indispensable) to be taught a subject, including the subject of academic writing, as happens in the classroom. But it is another to take ownership of teachings. This is what intellectual growth is ultimately about, and what good and original writing involves. However, it doesn’t come easily. Everyone who thinks and writes has personal ‘demons’ to defeat, as well as personal triumphs to take hold of. Therefore, the Writing Centre provides a personal process of consultations, so that you, the writer, can keep finding your voice, and discovering more and more about what makes you tick.
Can I visit the Writing Centre for my extra-curricular (non-University) writing?
Generally speaking, the Centre’s consultation hours are for working with University writing assignments alone.
But all kinds of writing are important to us, and a sound writing process spans all kinds of genres. Hence, the Writing Centre aims to promote a campus-wide culture of writing, via retreats, workshops and other events.
Can I come for a consultation even before I start writing?
Yes. Consultations can be beneficial at any stage of the writing process- including the planning/dreaming/thinking that ideally occurs before anything is written.
Can I get my drafts edited and proof-read at the Writing Centre?
The Writing Centre cannot edit and proof-read assignments, in a thorough way. However, we will point out patterns of mistakes, and suggest ways for the writer to resolve these issues at their root. The empowerment of the writer is the Centre's pedagogical goal, as opposed to providing band-aid fixes.
How do I set up a consultation at the Writing Centre?
Please make an appointment for a half-hour slot by using the Writing Centre’s appointments form. Your appointment will then be confirmed within eight hours. Please do not cancel appointments unless absolutely necessary; give your writing the priority it deserves. In any case, cancellations (by email only) will not be permitted within six hours of the appointment time. You'll then be marked a no-show. Repeated no-shows will render a student ineligible to consult at the Writing Centre.
Can I come without an appointment?
Yes, drop-ins are welcome, if a consultant is not occupied with an existing appointment.
Is it possible to have a consultation outside of the hours mentioned? Who can I speak to and where can I ask if I have more questions?
The following undergraduate tutors staff the Writing Centre, as part of a credit-bearing set of courses in Writing Practice and Pedagogy.
Peer tutors from the Writing Centre are available for consultations, Monday-Friday, between 7 pm and 9 pm. We are now located at Reading Room A, on the top floor of the Library.
The Centre strives to organize Writing Retreats for students, every Saturday. These consist of structured days devoted to working on individual writing projects, with the advantage of a community of writers close at hand, for discussion, advice and other support.
We encourage you to go on 'retreat' regularly, as a way to get properly oriented towards your writing, in company with your peers, organize your schedules, and make progress on specific projects. Note that the Retreats are open for personal, non-academic writing as well.
Please use this form to sign up for a Retreat. These will take place every Saturday, provided there is a minimum number of participants.