Writing Tutor Program

Writing Tutors

ALC writing tutors see students face-to-face in 20 – 30 minute appointments. Writing tutors are located in the Elizabeth Dafoe library (Learning Commons area) and in the Science and Technology Library (main floor reference area). After registering in ALC’s online schedule (WCOnline) students can check tutor availability and book an appointment. There are schedules for each of our locations (i.e. “Science Library Tutor Schedule” or “Writing tutors in Dafoe”) and can be selected from the drop down menu at the top of the screen.

Writing tutors assist with a paper's organization, focus, thesis statement, coherence, and clarity, among other concerns. Students are welcome to meet with tutors at any point of the writing process. Rather than proofreading or editing papers, tutors offer feedback to help students improve their writing skills. A student should not expect the whole paper to be looked at and "corrected" as the emphasis of the program is on helping students become better writers. Towards this end, tutors assist writers in finding areas that require improvement and then learning the ways to make those improvements.

Drop-in appointments

The ALC offers drop-in appointments for writing at peak times of the fall and winter terms (typically October, November, March). The appointments are held in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library and students are seen on a first-come first-serve basis. Before coming in for a drop-in appointment, please call the ALC office at 204-480-1481 to make sure that drop-in appointments are available.

Online Tutors

Online tutors are also available. Note these appointments are not synchronous (i.e. immediate) instead writing tutors respond provide written comments with 48 business hours. To book an “appointment” with a writing tutor please select the “Online Tutor” schedule and select an available spot. Papers must be attached to the appointment; please see http://umanitoba.ca/student/academiclearning/writing_support/online_tutor.html) for instructions.

ALC writing tutors are very popular and appointments are often booked 3-5 days in advance. Because of this, your appointment will be given to another student if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Apply to be a Writing Tutor

Academic Learning Centre, University of Manitoba


  • Engage in at least fifteen hours of initial training followed by required meetings throughout the fall and winter terms
  • Work one-to-one with students at any stage of the writing process on a variety of writing-related issues such as focus, thesis statement, organization, coherence, clarity, referencing, and grammar. Rather than proofread papers, assist students in improving their writing in a manner appropriate within the given time frame and with available resources.
  • Participate with other tutors in ongoing program development initiatives
  • Complete tutor development activities (as assigned)
  • Present workshops on writing related topics (only if interested)


  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A strong background in essay writing
  • Completion of at least 48 credit hours at the undergraduate level (preferred)
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have taken the 15-hour training for ALC writing tutors and who have experience working in the Writing Tutor Program.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Start Date: September 2014
  • Type Of Employment: Part-Time Employment
  • Days Of Week: Monday to Sunday (depending on the tutor’s schedule)

How To Apply

  • Submit an academic writing sample, unofficial transcript, resumé and cover letter by June 30, 2015 in person or by email to:

Kathy Block, Instructor
Academic Learning Centre
201 Tier Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Students can feel comfortable working with a fellow student, who can identify with the demands of university life and can understand how difficult the workload can sometimes get.