English writing proficiency

The Writing Centre is now offering all of its services entirely online.

The Writing Centre (Library Learning Commons 226, 227, 228) is staffed by a group of enthusiastic and experienced writing consultants whose goal is to help students of all levels across all disciplines perfect their writing styles.

We offer appointments to students who would like help with written assignments or letters of intent (the Consultation Service) and workshops to help students improve their written work. In addition, we conduct the EWP exam, which is a graduation requirement for those students who entered Bishop’s before September 2020 that evaluates the level of a student’s writing. We also offer the course EWP099, which helps students address their academic writing in small tutorials.

This year, we are happy to announce a new project: Write for Success. This evaluation is targeted at incoming students who would like to know how their writing compares with what is expected on university-level writing assignments.

All Writing Centre Services are offered free of charge.

Help with Assignments – The Consultation Service

The Writing Centre offers free 30-minute consultations to help Bishop’s University students with any written assignments and to review their EWP Exams and Write for Success essays.

Where: Online, on the Teams platform.

How: Use the online booking system. Click the “Book a Writing Centre Appointment” button below. Be ready to upload a double-spaced copy of your assignment to Teams.

When: Appointments are available from Mondays to Fridays.

What: Get help with planning, organizing, outlining, sentence structure, grammar, referencing and citations.

Why: Improve your writing skills, learn helpful writing strategies, cite and reference correctly, and practice for the EWP Exam.

Book a Writing Centre Appointment

Please note that the Writing Centre is closed over the summer months. EWP exams can be reviewed beginning in late August, and full services resume in the second or third week of September. If you have any questions, please email the coordinator (ewpchair@ubishops.ca).

Workshops – Fall and Winter Semesters

Dates and times will be posted during the semester.
All Workshops are free.

September/January

How to Write Letters of Intent for Graduate School Applications

  • How to get started
  • What to include
  • Essay structure
  • What to do and not do

October/February

How to Write a Research Paper

  • Finding a focus
  • Writing thesis statements
  • Taking notes and finding resources
  • Organizing your information

Punctuation Made Easy

  • Where to put commas
  • Semi-colons & colons
  • Apostrophes
  • Fixing sentence fragments and comma splices