Graduate Writing Resources


Online Writing Assistance

To support Western's response to COVID-19:
Western students can submit drafts of written assignments or writing-related questions to Writing Support Centre advisors online. Students with booked appointments will have their work reviewed at the time their appointment is scheduled. Written work submitted by students without a booked appointment will have their work reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Our response time will be dependent on the volume of submissions we receive. 

How it works:

  • Fill out the Online Writing Assistance form using the link below to submit a draft of your writing assignment or any writing-related questions.
  • We are only able to respond to one submission at a time. Once you have submitted your work you must wait until you receive our feedback before submitting additional writing. Multiple submissions will be ignored.  
  • We spend the same time with online submissions as we do in our 50-minute one-to-one counselling sessions. This means we can read and comprehensively respond to about 5 pages of written work.
  • Students should be as specific as possible with their questions for the writing advisor. 
  • Students are limited to one submission per assignment. 
  • We are not an editing service. We are a teaching unit. We will provide general comments on how to improve your written work.

Where to submit your writing assignments:

 Dissertation Writers' Retreat POSTPONED

Dissertation Writers' Retreats are designed to provide Western PhD candidates in year 4 or above with dedicated time and space for intensive writing. Participating in the retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation, and help establish good writing habits that will enable you to meet future objectives. By providing you with a comfortable, encouraging, and distraction-free space, as well as support from expert writing advisors, we will give you the opportunity to remove yourself from daily distractions and time demands to focus exclusively on dissertation writing. The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for writing your dissertation. The Dissertation Writers' Retreat scheduled for April 20 - 22 has been postponed due to Western's response to COVID-19. Contact Doug Campbell if you have questions or need additional information. 

Registration for the April DWR is postponed 

Graduate Writing Room

The Graduate Writing Room is CLOSED until further notice.

Our Graduate Writing Room is a dedicated space for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Located just inside the Writing Support Centre, the Graduate Writing Room offers computer work stations and a comfortable seating area. Graduate students and post-docs are welcome to use this area Monday to Thursday from 10am until 4pm. In addition, you may reserve this space on Fridays for academic uses such as seminars, study or writing groups, or to practice presentations or your thesis defence. We ask that when you use this space you:

  • Check in at the 4th floor reception in the Western Student Services Building (WSS 4100)
  • Sign in when you arrive in the Graduate Writing Lab
  • Respect the area as a quiet study space by entering and exiting quietly and keeping the door closed
  • Use the resource materials on site

If you have questions or would like to reserve the Graduate Writing Room on a Friday, please contact Doug Campbell at 519-661-2111 extension 85950 or at

GradWRITE: Writing Handouts

Our general Writing Support Handouts contain explanations and examples of university appropriate English language grammar and style. 

Directory of University Writing Centres

Other university writing centres have their own sets of resources. If you have been through our site and are looking for further information or help, check out the following selected list: 

 Non-University Sites

Style Guides

Western Libraries has created up-to-date Online Style Guides for academic citations and referencing. Several citation management systems are also available for all Western students, staff, and faculty; this web-based software can help you organize and format your citations.

Resources to get you started:

If you are looking for sources, Western Libraries' subject-specific Research Guides are a good place to begin your search.   

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository site has resources to help you find all the information you might require in order to format and successfully submit your graduate thesis for examination and publication electronically.

Help for Writing Research Grants and Awards:

Research Grants and Awards

Student Grants:

Commercialization Grants:

Schulich Medicine and Dentistry Research Office :

Western Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: SGPS

Western Society of Graduate Students: SOGS

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