Writing Support at Victoria College
Victoria College Writing Centre
Open during the Fall, Winter and Summer sessions.
Appointments are currently being offered in-person and via video-conference.
Victoria College Students, Arts & Science in VIC courses; Faculty of Music undergraduate students; Conjoint basic degree students at Emmanuel College; Bachelor of Information students in the Faculty of Information
What we do:
Instructors help you develop your capacity to plan, organize, write and revise your essays, reviews, lab reports, case studies, and other academic papers. Instructors help you with your own writing and editing, but are not there to edit or proofread your paper for you.
Daytime appointments: One-on-one appointments, up to 50 minutes.
- Students may sign up for one appointment per week and up to three appointments at any time.
- Appointments normally start 10 minutes after the hour.
Get the most out of your appointment:
- Schedule your appointment well before your paper is due. Leave time to do revisions after the consultation.
- Bring in your assignment sheet and other course material to help define your aims for the paper.
- Bring a hard copy of your work. Instructors will not look at assignments from your lap top.
- Book multiple appointments to work on a sequence of skills in a variety of assignments.
- Consider working with multiple writing instructors for a different perspective.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so as soon as possible but at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow other students to get an appointment with an instructor sooner. Failing to cancel your appointment within the required time or simply not showing up to your scheduled appointment will result in you being blocked from booking further sessions.
Writing Plus Workshops & Research and Writing Seminars
The St. George Campus College Writing Centres, in collaboration with University of Toronto Libraries, Career Exploration & Education, English Language Learning, and Academic Success, are offering this campus-wide series of academic skills workshops to the University’s entire student body. All workshops are free and there is no need to pre-register. Come for one, or come for all!
All the workshops are offered several times in the year, so check both Saturday and weekday schedules to find times that suit you.
The Victoria College Writing Centre also offers Research and Writing Seminars in collaboration with E. J. Pratt Library. Each session in the suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline.
Writing Centre Instructors
For more information on our writing centre instructors click below.
A humanities scholar and a generalist at heart, Alexia Hannis has been helping post-secondary students think and write at their best for over a decade. She is very excited to join the Writing Centre and looks forward to connecting with as many Vic students as possible this term. Keep an eye out for her first book, The Discerning Narrator: Conrad, Aristotle, and Modernity -- forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press!
Patti completed her Ph.D. in English at Western University in 2019 and her most recent essays appear in Studies in American Naturalism and the Edith Wharton Review. She has enjoyed teaching American literature at UTM. Before joining U of T as a writing instructor last year, Patti taught as both an assistant and lead writing instructor at Huron University College’s writing centre. She looks forward to helping Victoria College writers in any academic field to develop practical habits for both composing and editing.
Susan K. Riggs
Susan K. Riggs has taught the craft of writing to VIC students since 2004. Having instructed at various U of T colleges, she currently team teaches at the Pratt Library, leads writing sessions through the U of T Writing Plus initiative and tutors students at Trinity College. Susan has taught at the senior secondary school level and particularly enjoys assisting students with that all-important transition to university. To this end, she teaches a two-hour VIC summer session designed to provide new students with the tools of academic expression. A writer by profession, she has published in both print and electronic media and in 2009 was appointed adjunct scholar to the James Madison Public Policy Institute in Florida. Along with newspaper and journal articles, her background includes writing drama for CBC radio and speeches for senior representatives in the academic, government and business communities. Susan graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts. Her “America” series of articles has been published throughout the United States.