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Writing Centre and Resources Room

VIU Writing Centre Sessions     

The Writing Centre provides individualized one-on-one help on a drop-in or scheduled basis.

The Writing Centre can help all students with any writing-related concerns and at any stage of an assignment:

Before the first draft of an assignment, the Writing Centre instructor will help students

  • Understand the specifics and expectations of an assignment
  • Brainstorm points
  • Organize ideas
  • Discuss possible support
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Gather research – online and print sources
  • Create an outline

While writing any draft of an assignment, the Writing Centre instructor will help students

  • Identify writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify strategies for correcting and improving writing skills
    • Sentence Structure  (Run-ons, Fragments, Comma Splices)
    • Punctuation
    • Word Choice
    • Sentence Variety and Sophistication
    • ESL errors: grammar, vocabulary
    • Flow and focus of ideas
    • Paraphrasing researched information
    • Weaving supporting information into writing
    • Understanding the specifics of MLA and APA documentation styles
      • how to lead into a researched piece of information
      • how to acknowledge that the information is from another source
      • how to put a Works Cited or Reference list together

After receiving feedback from a previous assignment, the Writing Centre instructor will help students

  • Understand any writing weaknesses: mechanics, content and/or support
  • Tackle wordiness concerns or overly spare sections
  • Identify any gaps in flow, support or organization
  • Learn from past mistakes

What Should You Bring?

  • A legible double spaced copy of your work
  • A copy of the instructions
  • An assignment sheet

Writing Centre Hours

The Writing Resources Room re-opens in January:
January 3 - June 2, 2017

Drop in or book a session.

Room 153

Wednesdays - Instructor: Zora Soprovich

11:00am - 12:00pm

English Prep Class

Room 135

Instructor: Zora Soprovich

Mondays through Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Additional Resources: Nanaimo Writing Centre

The Writing Centre in Nanaimo offers additional services including online writing help and tutorials on a variety  of topics.   You can access it and also book online appointments here: The Writing Centre