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Walk-In Assistance

Writing Skills Walk-In Assistance will be available via Zoom at the following times in the Fall term (Sept. 13 – Dec. 10, 2021):

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Tuesdays – 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Thursdays – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Consultations are 15 minutes long.

To access this service, please click the Walk-In Assistance Zoom link.

Please note that this is a first-come, first-served service. When you log in, be mindful that the writing specialist or peer tutor may be busy helping another student, so you may be required to wait a few minutes or return on the next day.

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Writing Workshops

Students are strongly encouraged to attend as many of the writing workshops as possible. Workshops and seminars are designed to assist students in a group setting. This way, students can benefit from hearing other students’ questions and collaborate in finding solutions. Typically, sessions are focused on a particular topic that comprises part of the prewriting or writing process.  Students making individual appointments may be advised to attend seminars and workshops in addition to their one-on-one sessions.

All workshops are open to BU students and staff.
Pre-registration is required for in-person workshops, while Zoom workshops are open to all without pre-registration
. Each workshop is 50 minutes long.  For dates, times, and links, please visit the BU Event Calendar or the Writing Skills Workshop Schedule.

Topics taught:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • APA 7 Citation Basics
  • Essay Basics
  • How to Write a Good Essay
  • Grammar Basics
  • Thesis Statement Basics

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Individual or Group Appointments

Appointments book up quickly. Please book your appointment a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Students are welcome to make appointments for individual or group assistance with Writing Skills staff members. Appointments are 60 minutes in length, and students are restricted to no more than one (1) appointment per week. Students are encouraged to bring papers at any stage of the writing process, and it is useful to bring assignment instructions provided by professors. For assistance with group assignments Writing Skills staff members will only discuss those sections of the assignment written by group members who are present.

To make a Writing Skills appointment go to the Writing Skills home page and use the Schedule an Appointment button for either Specialist, or call 204-727-9737.

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Students with “quick questions” are welcome to email Writing Skills staff members. Please be advised that a reply may take up to two work days.  Email is not an effective way to book an appointment.

Joan Garbutt –

Karen Skinner –

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Online Resources

Writing Skills Moodle Classroom

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