The Writing Centre

NOTE: As a part of VIU's response to COVID-19, The Writing Centre has switched to an all-online model. You can book an etutoring appointment at WConline (see blue link below) but there are no face to face meetings until further notice. Contact me at with any questions.

The Summer Schedule is now up: May 4th - Aug 7th.

As well as the "etutoring" (you attach a document to the appointment; we look at it and reattach with our comments), we have added a live "video chat" option with some tutors (a skype-like experience with sound and vision).

Book your face-to-face & online appointments

We also offer online  WORKSHOPS using Zoom to assist with a range of academic issues (Click for intersession 2020 schedule)

What IS the Writing Centre?

On the fourth floor of the VIU Library (Nanaimo campus), you will find qualified and friendly faculty tutors ready to provide assistance with any aspect of your writing.

Whether you want help with clear writing, thesis statements, citation and documentation, grammar, organizing an argument, or just want to talk about an assignment before you get started, or at any stage in the writing process, the Writing Centre is the place to go.

This is service is FREE for registered VIU students. 

How to access our services:

  • Book a 30-minute face-to-face appointment 
  • Book a 30-minute online appointment (for distance students only)
  • You can DROP IN for a 15-minute tutorial without an appointment (11.00--1.00, Monday to Friday)
  • We also offer online  WORKSHOPS to assist with a range of writing issues (Click for intercession 2020 schedule)
  • During Fall and Spring semesters, a weekly drop-in session is also offered at Shq'apthut - A  Gathering Place on Wednesdays, 11.00 - 1.00

You can view our weekly schedule and book appointments at (or click the blue link below).

Book your face-to-face & online appointments

The Writing Centre acknowledges and thanks the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun and Tla’Amin, on whose traditional lands we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge.

Webinar PowerPoints

PowerPoint slides used in Writing Centre webinars (added after the event)

Go-to Websites  

Academic writing

Comma basics

APA Style

Boost your Oral English

Values, Vision, Mission


The VIU Writing Centre values intellectual enquiry, academic rigour, openness, equal access.

Vision Statement

The VIU Writing Centre aims to be a vital, integral part of the university community’s academic development, recognised as a Writing and Thinking Centre.

Mission Statement

The VIU Writing Centre provides support to all university writers in their intellectual endeavours.

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