Writing Support News: Winter 2003
Congratulations on recognizing that writing skills will be one of the main factors in your success at university and beyond. The University of Toronto offers many resources to help you handle the writing that's part of your program -- but it's up to you to seek them out. Here's an overview of the events and resources available in Winter term 2003.
Start by finding out about the range of credit and non-credit courses on writing, and move fast to register now. These courses are focussed on the needs of specific types of writing and levels of study, so check their suitability carefully.
Some colleges and professional faculties offer group presentations about specific writing skills during second term. They're free of charge, and they usually don't require registration. Several are open to students from any college or faculty. Have a look, for instance, at the Winter series for undergraduates offered by University College and the many offerings for graduate students by the Office of English Language and Writing Support in SGS. You're also invited to attend the free drop-in workshops offered by Counselling and Learning Skills at Robarts Library.
As a U of T student you have access to one of the 15 or so Writing Centres that offer the gold standard of writing instruction -- individual consultations with specialized writing instructors. Read about how they work, noting which one you're eligible to visit. First tip: make your appointment well ahead of time, and leave time afterwards to make revisions.
Make the most of the online advice on academic writing offered on this website. You'll find a wealth of brief files giving focussed guidance on specific points, with links to other relevant advice, including recommendations for specialized books on writing held by U of T libraries. Also look at our answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and read through the description of our most popular pages.
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