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Academic Support: The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is staffed by faculty who offer free, one-on-one assistance for students in University programs.

Appointments can be made from September to April. All appointments for the fall semester will be conducted online.

Hours for the fall semester 2020

  • Professor Eliza Gardiner: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 9:30 - 11:30am
  • Professor Lynn Wytenbroek: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, 1 - 3pm

How to book your appointment

Be sure to select VIU Cowichan Writing Centre from the drop down menu after you have registered, and then you will see both Eliza and Lynn's schedules.

Students can book 2 appointments per week, up to 12 days ahead.

Choose your best time that matches an available slot, and then click your preference for the type of tutoring. This can be either:

  • Video chat appointment: log back into this website approximately 5 minutes before the start time. Then, open this appointment and click "Start or Join Online Consultation".


  • eTutoring appointment: upload your paper after making this appointment. Then, watch your email for notification that your appointment has been modified, which means than the professor has responded to your paper with tips, edits, and suggestions.

You can consult with us on any assignment, including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • resumes
  • analyses
  • proposals
  • reflections
  • journals
  • letters
  • annotated bibliographies
  • outlines
  • research papers
  • and more ...

We assist you with:

  • reading
  • comprehension
  • brainstorming
  • planning
  • focus
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • documenting sources
  • organization
  • expression
  • style
  • and any other concerns with writing

Drop-ins are usually welcome in our Room 120, but all appointments for the fall semester will be held online.

Please be prepared for your appointment, and bring/upload any assignment descriptions, plans, and drafts so we can best answer your specific questions.

To reach out directly, please email:

Writing Centre Workshops

So, How Do I Structure an Essay?

Thursday, October 1, 1:00 pm

Drop-in, no appointment necessary.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Meeting ID: 625 7793 7879    

Password: 275660

Essay structure remains a mystery to many students who are expected to write essays for their university courses but don't really know how to do it. In this half-hour workshop, we will go over the building blocks of essay structure, including the all-important thesis statement, the introduction, the body paragraphs, and the conclusion. In the process we will also talk about how to structure a paragraph effectively, and how to connect each paragraph with the others so that the essay flows coherently from one point to the other, connecting them together as a whole rather than leaving them as individuals standing on their own

What, So What, Now What?

Thursday, October 8, 11:00 am

Drop-in, no appointment necessary.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Meeting ID: 643 8505 4816

Password: 624282

Reflective writing asks students to analyze, and also to interact and connect with a reading or course experience.

Come learn the "What, So What, Now What?" method of writing reflections in this half-hour workshop that shares strategies on how to gather your thoughts, examine your observations, and organize your assessment of the materials into a descriptive and focused assignment.