Writing Support at Victoria College
Victoria College Writing Centre
Open during the Fall, Winter and Summer sessions.
March 13, 2020: In response to the cancellation of in-person class activities, we are reviewing options for remote Writing Centre appointments. details tba
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.
Burwash study space appointments:
Burwash Dining Hall at 89 Charles St W is also available to Vic students and residents as study space during the fall winter. The space is supervised by Dons and Security Staff and we provide free coffee/tea and snacks. One staff member from the Writing Centre will be available for 30 minute drop-in appointments from 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
- 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.
Michelle Fost is a writer of fiction, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Phoenix Literary Section, and the Painted Bride Quarterly. She received her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle has worked at the University of Toronto for many years as a Writing Instructor and as a Learning Skills Counsellor. One area of particular interest for Michelle is helping students understand writing--including academic writing--as a creative process.
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.
John Edward Stowe
Dr. John Edward Stowe has been teaching writing related courses at the university level for over 25 years. He specializes in empowering students who have English as an additional language. After graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University, he taught Writing Workshops in College English at New York University for ten years. Also, he has taught writing courses at the graduate level and has acted as academic advisor for PhD candidates. He is passionate about teaching the Chinese language, East Asian civilization as well as Chinese literature. He has published one book in English and one in Chinese. In the summer of 2010, he completed translating (from Chinese into English) a novella and a short story by two Canadian writers. In March of 2011, he was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award from The Chang School at Ryerson University. John is very enthusiastic about Victoria College and very proud of the high quality of the VIC students.