Linguistics Department Writing Centre

Welcome to the Linguistics Department Writing Centre (LDWC). We offer one-on-one consultations for academic writing with a linguistic twist.

You don't have to be a Linguistics or Cognitive Science program student to visit us! As long as you are enrolled in a Linguistics or Cognitive Science course, we are happy to offer feedback and guidance on your writing assignments for those particular courses.

Please book an appointment to discuss any aspect of the writing process. This includes planning, discussing your thesis, argumentation, paper and paragraph structure, punctuation, and grammar.

The tutors at the LDWC are passionate and savvy individuals who would love nothing more than to help you continually revise and improve your writing. We hope to see your face at least a few times a semester!

The Linguistics Department Writing Centre (LDWC) will follow a hybrid model for Summer 2022, with some online and some in-person sessions. We encourage you to sign up for an appointment in advance, but drop-in visits are welcome during timeslots when no appointments are booked. (Please be advised there may be wait times for drop-ins.)

SUMMMER 2022 HOURS
(May 16 - August 13)

Monday
Zoom
10:00 - 12:00 pm
Tuesday Zoom 10:30 - 12:30 pm
Wednesday Zoom or RCB 9218
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday Zoom 1:00 - 3:00 pm

How to Book Online Appointments

1. Sign up for an appointment slot

Open the LDWC appointment calendar. Add your name, and course number to one of the available timeslots. For example, you might type "Hazel Bliss; LING 282W" in the slot.

NOTE: If your paper is over 10 pages, we request that you book two back-to-back timeslots to allow sufficient time for the tutor to review your paper.

Please double-check that your appointment has been saved. If there are any technical issues with saving your appointment time, please email ldwc@sfu.ca.

2. Send us your draft

Your appointment will be more effective if you send us your draft at least 2 hours in advance of your appointment. This is particularly important for online appointments.

If your draft is not uploaded 24 hours in advance, your appointment will automatically be canceled. We can only accept and read files that are uploaded as a PDF, DOC, or DOCX.

Please include a cover memo with specific questions that you want the tutors to address and/or the section(s) the tutor should focus on.

3. Attend your appointment

For online appointments: shortly before your scheduled appointment time, click on the Zoom link to access your meeting. You will be directed to a virtual waiting room and your tutor will admit you to the meeting at the time of your appointment.

For in-person appointments: please wait outside the LDWC office (RCB 9218) until the tutor invites you in. Please wear a mask during your appointment.

If you CANNOT attend your appointment, please remove your name from the spreadsheet. If you do not show up within 5 minutes of your appointment start time, your name will be removed and a drop-in student may take your place.

Looking to Talk with Us?

The Linguistics Department Writing Centre is both in-person and online for the summer semester. If you would like to book an appointment, please follow the detailed instructions provided in the How to Book section of this page.

QUESTIONS? 

Email us at ldwc@sfu.ca 

Dr. Heather Bliss, Director 
hbliss@sfu.ca | RCB 8121