Writing Studio

What is the Writing Studio? 

Writing is hard! It can also be lonely work. Sometimes we need help with our writing, and sometimes it’s just easier to be creative and to find inspiration when there are other people around. If you’re looking for a place where you can write with others and get help when you need it, you should consider coming to the Robert Gillespie Academic Skill Centre’s Writing Studio.

The Writing Studio offers supportive spaces where we can all be part of a community of writers. The Writing Studio will take place in-person in MN 3251. All sessions are drop-in meaning you will not need to make an appointment, and yes there will be snacks.

Writing instructors will be present at the Writing Studio. They’ll be working on their own writing (because everybody will be writing!), but they will also be there to help. When you attend the Writing Studio, you can seek out assistance in the form of informal group discussions or one-on-one conversations with a writing instructor about your specific project. You can come with questions. You can come with (or without!) a draft. The Writing Studio is a space where writing happens in the company of others, and you might be surprised by how much of a difference that can make!

All sessions are drop-in, you are not required to make an appointment but we do ask that you sign in when you arrive.

The Writing Studio is on hiatus for Summer 2023 and will resume in Fall 2023.

Writing Studio Procedures

  • Bring your questions and bring your writing.
  • Writing instructors are not editors or proof-readers. Students are responsible for correcting or revising their own work.
  • Writing instructors are not substitutes for your course instructors or Teaching Assistants (TAs). Writing instructors can only discuss your writing. Questions about course content should be directed to your course instructor or TA.
  • The Writing Studio is not a substitute for one-on-one online consultations (held via WCONLINE) at the RGASC. Please visit our appointment page for more information about one-on-one online appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Writing Studio

Q. Do I need to pay for the Writing Studio?

A. The Writing Studio is free. You just need to come to MN 3251 during the scheduled time to attend. 

Q. What do I need to participate in the Writing Studio? 

A.  Bring something to write with and something to write on. Nothing else is required.

Q. Do I need to bring something prepared or have a specific question?

A. Come prepared to write. This is a space where you can work on a writing assignment and have access to a Writing Instructor to support you as you write.  This is NOT a Writing Appointment drop-in.  If you are looking to book an online appointment with a Writing Instructor, please book at uoft.me/writingcentres.

Q. Is the Writing Studio a silent space or should I expect some noise?

A. Writing instructors will engage questions that students bring to the Writing Studio. However, this is a colaborative writing environment. We ask that you keep speaking volume to a minimum as to respect the other writers.

*Remember, the Writing Studio is a great resource at any point in the writing process, so sit down, relax, and get writing!

If you have any questions regarding the Writing Studio, please email academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca.