McGill Writing Centre

McGill Writing Centre

Would you like to refine your academic writing skills or learn to write for a specific professional audience? The McGill Writing Centre (MWC) can help you achieve your goals. As a student in one of the MWC’s courses, you will learn essential writing strategies and techniques that will help you to succeed both at university and in many different professions.

Located in the McLennan-Redpath Library, the MWC is the University's central resource for written communication. The Centre offers credit courses in academic and professional writing for both native and non-native English speakers, and a tutorial service open to all students. In addition, the Centre offers a number of non-credit courses that teach writing skills for different media and professional contexts. These non-credit courses are open to the public as well as to members of the McGill community; see www.mcgill.ca/mwc/special-interest-courses.

Courses for Degree Program Students

Courses for Degree Program Students

Undergraduate Courses:

Course Number Title Credits MWC Placement Test *
CCOM 200 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 No
CCOM 206 Communication in Engineering 3 No
CCOM 314 Communicating Science 3 No
CCOM 315 Writing the Internet 3 No
CEAP 150 Critical Analysis and Composition 3 No
CEAP 250 Research Essay and Rhetoric 3 No
CESL 299 ESL: Academic English Seminar 3 No
CESL 300 ESL: Academic English 2 3 Yes
CESL 400 ESL: Essay and Critical Thinking 3 Yes
CESL 500 ESL: Research Essay and Rhetoric 3 Yes
* Please consult the MWC website at www.mcgill.ca/mwc for details regarding the dates and locations of the placement tests.
Note: CEAP, CESL, and CCOM undergraduate courses are not open to students who have taken them previously under the corresponding EAPR, ESLN, and EDEC codes.

Graduate Courses:

Course Number Title Credits MWC Placement Test *
CEAP 642 Cornerstones of Academic Writing 1 No
CEAP 652 Fundamentals of Academic Presentations 1 No
CEAP 661 Literature Review 1: Summary and Critique 1 No
CEAP 665 Literature Review 2: Establishing Scholarly Niches 1 No
CEAP 671 Selected Topics in Communication 1 1 No
CEAP 672 Selected Topics in Communication 2 1 No
CESL 631 Strategies for Academic Communication in English 1 No
CESL 641 Fundamentals of Academic Writing in English 1 No
CESL 651 Pronunciation for Effective Communication 1 No
CCOM 614 Communicating Science to the Public 1 No
* Please consult the MWC website at www.mcgill.ca/mwc for details regarding the dates and locations of the placement tests.

Course for Continuing Studies Students:

Course Number Title Credits Notes
CCOM 205 Communication in Management 1 3 Restricted to and required for students in Career and Professional Development programs offered by the School of Continuing Studies. MWC departmental approval is required for all other students.

Non-credit Transcript Courses (CE units) Units):

Course Number Title CEUs
YCCM 208 Professional Writing in Business 4.5
YCCM 600 Scientific Writing and Publishing: Graduate ESL 4

Location

Location

  • McGill Writing Centre
  • McLennan-Redpath Library
  • Main Floor, Room #02
  • 3459 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC Canada H3A 0C9
  • Telephone: 514-398-7109
  • Fax: 514-398-7416
  • Email: mwc [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/mwc

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Director
Sue Laver
Faculty Lecturers
Diane Dechief; B.A.(Alta.), M.A.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Tor.)
Sue Laver; B.A.(S. Fraser), M.A.(East Anglia), Ph.D.(McG.)
Sarah Leu; B.A.(Bowdoin), M.A.(Saint Michael's Coll.), Ph.D.(NYU)
Academic Associate
Yvonne Hung; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(CUNY)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2019-2020 (last updated Apr. 10, 2019) (disclaimer)
School of Continuing Studies—2019-2020 (last updated Apr. 10, 2019) (disclaimer)