Our goal is to help students develop their writing skills in a friendly and collaborative environment.

About the Centre

We work with students who are enrolled in courses offered by the English Department but priority is given to students in ENG 1100, ENG 1112, ENG 1120, ENG 1124, and ENG 1131.

The Arts Writing Centre offers in-person and, when necessary, virtual appointments with students through Zoom. The scheduling page (see below) indicates when the tutors are available.

We accept drop-ins whenever possible. Students may book a maximum of two half-hour blocks per day, and a maximum of three hours per week.

Our staff is composed of uOttawa graduate students with a great deal of experience tutoring and teaching. We provide our expertise in combination with digital resources like grammar software and online dictionaries and databases.

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Our Guidelines

Please come prepared with a good understanding of your assignment and your professor's expectations.  For example:

  • Grammar and Style
  • Sentence Structure
  • Thesis statement(s)
  • Introductory / Concluding paragraphs
  • Topic sentences
  • Organization
  • Citations

Rather than proofread or copy-edit your work, we will work together in order to help you understand how to improve your own writing. 

To make our meeting as efficient as possible, we ask that you perform the following tasks before our appointment begins:

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Finish your draft

If you are still brainstorming essay ideas, it is best to do so with your professor or classmates.
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Meet your professor

Make certain that you fully understand the assignment and expectations.
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Keep an open mind

Working with a tutor doesn’t guarantee a better grade, but it is an important step toward improving your performance.

Contact us

Department of English

Hamelin Hall, room 338
70 Laurier Avenue E.
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5764
Fax: 613-562-5990
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)