Writing Centre and Academic Communications

The centre provides free, academic support for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


We offer in-person, one-on-one tutoring, as well as workshops, in-class presentations, and online support.


What can the writing centre do for me?

Booked appointment hours, Room 115, Burke Building
    •    Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Afficio Lecture and Saint Mary’s University Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards Ceremony, 2018


Please join us for the first annual Afficio Lecture and presentation of the 2018 Saint Mary’s University Undergraduate Writing Awards.

Afficio lecturer, Allyson Brown, a 2017 award winner, will deliver her paper,

Food Wars: Impact of Gender on the Japanese Kitchen.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 pm

CLARI Lab (AT 340)
Coffee, tea, and cake will be served.

is a publication of the winners of the Saint Mary's University Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards.
Printed copies of Afficio volumes will be available by donation, and proceeds will support Halifax Humanities 101.




Lab Report Style Guide: Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science and the Writing Centre and Academic Communications are pleased to announce the creation and publication of the Lab Report Style Guide: Faculty of Science

The Guide is available in hardcopy in the writing centre, as well as online as a downloadable pdf.

Special thank you to the hard work and contribution of the editorial committee for the Guide:

  • Dr. Roby Austin, Astronomy and Physics
  • Dr. Richard Cisek, Astronomy and Physics
  • Dr. Anne Dalziel, Biology
  • Dr. David Dansereau, Biology
  • Dr. Jacob Hanley, Geology
  • Prof. Roxanne Richardson, Environmental Science
  • Dr. Kathy Singfield, Chemistry
  • Dr. Danielle Tokarz, Chemistry
  • Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, (Genetics) Writing Centre and Academic Communications


Look for the bright red cover.


Writing Tips

The writing centre's writing centre, OWL Purdue

Free APA Style Tutorials

The Chicago Manual of Style Online - Submit a Question to the Style Q&A

Expanded help in citing social media in APA Style (Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+)

An excellent list of logical fallacies - An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (Ali Almossawi) 

Why never to use wikipedia as a reliable source of information - Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia (Salon.com)

70 Useful Sentences for Academic Writing (ThinkELT.com)

Words to Eliminate from Your Vocabulary (BusinessInsider)


Comments from Students

“My Writing Centre instructor was really supportive and helpful to me. She was really approachable, and I really recommend her to other students. I felt that I was not alone with all my stress.” - Commerce SMUdent

"Annick is really helpful with questions regarding citation, sentence structure, and organizing my content. Moreover, she is very invested in ensuring that you will succeed!" - Arts SMUdent

"I was very impressed, I felt like I received helpful constructive criticism.” - Science SMUdent



The Writing Centre
Rm 115, Burke Building,
Saint Mary's University,
923 Robie Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3

writing@smu.ca | 902-491-6202

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