Writing Consultations

A student in conversation with a writing consultant

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of undergraduate and graduate writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. Consider booking a one-on-one appointment with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.

Please note that, in accordance with UBC’s institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Writing Consultations are moving online effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. Although Consultations will no longer take place in-person at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre or Koerner Library, Consultants will still work regular scheduled hours as detailed below.

To book an asynchronous online consultation:

  1. Proceed to WC Online as usual.
  2. Select the schedule “IKBLC – Undergraduate and Graduate Students” and choose an appointment slot.
  3. Prior to the appointment start time, choose “Edit Your Appointment” and upload your document (.doc or .docx format only). If possible, upload the assignment description and/or rubric as well.
  4. The Writing Consultant will provide feedback and return the document at the end of the appointment time. Once the appointment has passed, you will be able to retrieve your document with the Consultant’s comments inserted.
  5. If you have trouble retrieving your document, try right-clicking “Download Attached File” and opening in a new tab or new window. Should this also fail, please write to the CWSC inbox.
  6. As always, this is not an editing or proofreading service.

To book a synchronous online consultation:

  1. Proceed to WC Online as usual.
  2. Select the schedule “Research Commons – Undergraduate and Graduate Students” and choose an appointment slot.
  3. Ensure your device’s microphone, audio, and camera are enabled.
  4. At the appointment time, click your appointment and select “Start or Join Online Consultation” in the pop-up box.

Book a consultation


Hours (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre):

May 19, 2020-August 13, 2020

Tuesday-Thursday: 12pm-4pm

Hours (UBC Research Commons):

May 22, 2020-August 14, 2020

Monday, Friday: 12pm-4pm


Contact: cwsc.info@ubc.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A writing consultation is an in-depth, purposeful conversation about a specific written document. Consultations can take place at any stage of the writing process, from earliest drafts to final revisions.
  • Consultations run 30 minutes for undergraduate students and graduate students. Students can book 1 appointment per day, and 2 appointments per week.
  • Consultations are at no cost to members of the UBC community.
  • For two reasons, Consultations are limited to 30 minutes, once a day, twice a week. The first reason relates to accessibility. There are many students at UBC and they all deserve equal opportunity to book a Consultation. The second reason is pedagogical. Sessions of longer than 30 minutes risk providing a greater amount of feedback than can be feasibly absorbed and incorporated by a client; the same is true of more than one session a day or two a week. In terms of the revision process, our goal is to make your time with us as impactful as possible.
  • For faculty consultations, please contact Dr. Patty Kelly, Program Manager.

  1. Visit WCOnline.
  2. Choose "Register for an Account" or "Login."
  3. Book an appointment with an available peer Writing Consultant. Available times are indicated by a white box, and reserved times are indicated by a blue box. Use the waitlist function to monitor cancellations.
  4. Fill out the pop-up informational form.
  5. Click “Save Appointment."
  6. Check your email for a confirmation indicating the time and date of your appointment.
  7. Cancel your appointment within 12 hours of the appointment time, if necessary, to avoid account deactivation.

  • Bring a draft of academic, creative, professional, or technical writing.
  • Bring an assignment description and rubric, if available.

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