Students collaborating at the Learning Commons

We are currently providing CapU students with writing support online (due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not providing in-person consultations at this time). Writing Centre instructors can help you with any questions relating to your writing process, including but not limited to:

  • understanding a course text;
  • planning an assignment;
  • getting feedback on a draft;
  • making sense of errors that your course instructors have flagged in their assignment feedback;
  • engaging with, integrating, and documenting source material using MLA, APA, Chicago, or any other academic style;
  • understanding academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism.

Writing Centre Faculty Feedback: Students can email writingcentreonline@capilanou.ca for email-based consultations with faculty. On weekdays, students will hear back from a Writing Centre instructor within 24 hours. Instructors will reply to student emails during the following hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-5:00

Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 10:00-4:00

To request help, use your CapU student email account to write to us at writingcentreonline@capilanou.ca. Please include the following:

  • your specific writing-related question(s), which might concern grammar, MLA/APA style, formatting, etc.;
  • if applicable, the specific assignment with which you’d like help (either attached as a Word or Pages file, or sent using a Google Docs link) plus a brief explanation of the kind of feedback you’re looking for; a file of your work in progress (depending on what you are asking for help with, this may be an essay draft, an outline, or a variety of other genres of writing that represent your work on the assignment so far);
  • your instructor’s guidelines for the assignment (if you’re sending us a specific assignment to look at).

In order to be able to support all students with prompt and thorough feedback, we ask that you do not submit a given assignment more than twice, and that you make substantial changes based on our feedback before sending your assignment back a second time. We welcome a second draft if you've made significant changes and have new questions you'd like to ask us about it.

Writing Centre Peer Tutors:

The Writing Centre also has student Peer Tutors who offer real-time, drop-in support on Microsoft Teams. Peer Tutors are trained by Writing Centre faculty to help students with certain aspects of the writing process, including outlining your ideas, narrowing your focus, and checking your citations. Peer Tutors can also point you to further resources and help you develop specific questions to email to the Writing Centre faculty.

Chat in real time with a Writing Centre Peer Tutor during the following hours:

Monday and Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm

In accordance with our usual practices at the Writing Centre, instructors and Peer Tutors will not be available to edit/proofread your work. Instead, we will highlight errors in a portion of your assignment, provide some general comments, and point you in the direction of relevant resources. Please see our statement on Proofreading vs. Instructional Editing.