Are you a First-Year English student who would benefit from additional instruction in essay writing essentials?
The English Department’s Writing Labs are your best opportunity to complement what you are learning in first-year English and to keep you on track. Designed and taught by English faculty members, the labs focus on reviewing essay-writing skills in a series of modules. The labs offer plenty of hands-on practice in a supportive environment. The lab instructors—experienced in teaching first-year English courses—are here to guide you through the essay writing process while showing you how to apply each module’s lesson to your academic writing. You should attend if your WRTG1100, ENGL 1100, ENGL 1104 or 1200-level instructor has recommended it or if you know that you need extra help with your writing.
Frequently asked Questions
Where are the labs?
Labs are offered on the Richmond and Surrey campuses in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. In Spring 2019, two sets of labs run January to end of February. Registration for the second round of labs will open in February. There will be two weekly labs in March and two sets of mini-pop-ups.
Students must register below before attending labs.
What do they cover?
Labs cover five topics in five once-a-week modules. The topics differ each week: sentence structure, grammar, paragraphs, thesis development, and integrating quotations.
How long are they? How many can I attend?
Each module is one hour and 20 minutes. You may attend as few or as many unique modules as you like. The five modules will take place in two rotations, so if you miss the first session or you discover later in the term that you'd like writing guidance, there will be labs available to help.
When do they start?
The first rotation of five labs starts in Week Three of the Spring 2019 semester. The second rotation starts in March.
How can I sign up?
Each lab time is limited to 25 seats, so sign up as early as you can to avoid disappointment. Seats are limited, so please only sign up for labs that you know you can attend.
What are "Writing Lab Pop-Up Days"?
Since many students can't commit to a weekly lab session, this semester we are adding Pop-Up Days on Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, March 2 in Surrey. Students can sign up for a day-long series of four labs in one day! See the bottom of the registration page to sign up for this option. If you have already signed up for a regular lab time, you do not need to sign up for a pop-up day.
*NOTE* Sign up for Spring 2019 labs starts the first week of classes.