When you arrive in the Writing Centre, please sign
in and mark the "Purpose of Visit" column on our sign-in
sheet. This helps us track how many students are using our services and
to make plans for future Writing Centre initiatives.
You may discuss your work at any stage with a
writing instructor. Some of the topics you might discuss, for example,
are thinking about ways to get started on an assignment, organizing material,
developing ideas, improving your grammar skills, and finding out more about
doing research. We do not proofread your writing, but we will point out sample
errors and teach you how to avoid those errors.
When you see an instructor, it is best to have
specific questions in mind. For example, you could ask if your opening paragraph
works as an introduction to the essay, or if your thesis statement is focused
and direct, or if particular sentences make their points clearly. Students who
underline, highlight, or star problematic passages, words, or punctuation marks
in their writing assignments tend to make most effective use of their
consultation time. During busy periods of the academic year, instructors
spend approximately fifteen minutes with each student.
Instructors will recommend handouts and exercises
that might benefit your writing. You are welcome to look through our extensive
collection of handouts and to select those that look helpful.
We also recommend that students purchase The
Capilano Guide to Writing Assignments, which is produced by
English Department instructors in consultation with other departments. It is
available from the Capilano University Bookstore in a print or pdf
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