Writing Consultations

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication is a free service here to support all writers at UBC, from first-year to graduate students. We work with all kinds of academic writing, from lab reports to literature essays. If you don’t have a piece of writing to work on yet, come talk to us anyway. We are happy to be a sounding board for your ideas, to provide advice on writing processes, and to help you find resources that you can use on your own time.

Students can sign up for a one-on-one writing consultation to talk about their written work with a peer writing consultant.
Book a consultation

Find us on level 3, at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Hours:

Monday – Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm

  • A writing consultation is a conversation about your writing. Our writing consultants will work with you to improve your writing, shape your writing process, and meet your goals.
  • Consultations run 25 minutes for undergraduate students and 50 minutes for graduate students. You can book up to 2 appointments per week on separate days.
  • Consultations are free for all UBC students.

  • Bring your assignment instructions so that we understand your instructor’s expectations.
  • Bring your writing if you can, or come ready to discuss your ideas.
  • Book early: our calendar fills up quickly.

  1. Visit WCOnline, the writing consultation booking system.
  2. If this is your first time booking, you will need to register by clicking “Register for an account”.
  3. Once you have registered you can log in with your email address and password.
  4. After logging in, you will see a calendar that lists our Peer Writing Consultants by name. You are welcome to book an appointment with any of our Peer Writing Consultants.
  5. Graduate students can locate the Graduate Student calendar in the dropdown menu at the top of the page.
  6. Available times are indicated by a white box, and reserved times are indicated by a blue box.
  7. To book your appointment, just click the white box that works for you.
  8. A pop-up form will appear where you can indicate the type of assignment you are working on, and the area you would like to focus on for your consultation.
  9. Click “Save Appointment” and you are done!
  10. Check your email for a confirmation indicating the time and date of your appointment.

If you are unable to attend an in-person one-on-one writing consultation, you may want to use the WriteAway service.  WriteAway is an online service available to students at participating post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.  WriteAway offers feedback on your paper with an average turnaround time of 48 hours. Register and submit your work here!

Please note that WriteAway is NOT able to assist with:

  • Graduate-level writing or graduate school applications
  • Take-home exams
  • Group-written assignments (unless the student is submitting his/her individually-written section)
  • Cover letters or resumes (unless written for a course assignment)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We are located in the large pavilion facing Room 305 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The pavilion is a large wooden structure on the third floor, at the top of the central staircase.

  • No, but we believe we offer something better: our consultants will teach you how to identify patterns of error in your writing, so that you are equipped to become a careful reader of your own work.

  • All of our graduate writing consultants are either currently in, or have completed, a research-based graduate degree. We support students writing their theses and dissertations, as well as confident writers who come to us for second opinions.
  • Graduate students can book an appointment by choosing the Graduate Students calendar from the drop-down menu of the WCOnline landing page.

  • You can join a waitlist on WCOnline to be notified of an opening in our calendar.
  • You can also try WriteAway, an online service that offers feedback on your paper with an average turnaround time of 48 hours. Register and submit your work.