Our mission is to help all students become confident and competent writers at third level and beyond.
NOTE: The Writing Centre is now open for Semester 2. Appointments are available (on a first-come, first-served basis) to book online one week in advance through the calendar at the bottom of this page!
The Writing Centre offers one-to-one guidance with academic writing to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. The sessions provide students with the opportunity to receive expert advice from a peer tutor. Tutors are studying at PhD level and are trained and supervised by the DCU Student Learning team, who also provide sessions on occasion. Students may visit the Centre during any stage of the writing process: planning an assignment, writing a first draft, or revising and editing a document. Sessions are booked online and are free of charge.
Upcoming online writing workshops open to all (note: subject to change, please check back regularly):
- Essentials of Academic Writing: Wednesday 3rd February, 5-6 pm. Details and registration.
- Literature Review Writing: Monday 8th February, 1-2 pm. Details and registration.
- Assignment Writing: Wednesday 24th February, 5-6 pm. Details and registration.
- Critical Writing: Monday 1st March, 5-6 pm. Details and registration.
- Reflective Writing: Thursday 11th March, 1-2 pm. Details and registration.
- Assignment Writing: Thursday 18th March, 1-2 pm. Details and registration.
- Critical Writing: Thursday 25th March, 1-2 pm. Details and registration.
- Reflective Writing: Tuesday 30th March, 5-6 pm. Details and registration.
Videos are available below for any students who cannot attend these live sessions.
Introduction to Academic Writing
Plan your essay
Brainstorm the Question
Analyse the Question
English Literature Essay Writing
How to Write a Literature Review
Writing a Research Report
Essentials of Academic Writing
- Introduction To Academic Writing video
- Key Principles of Academic Writing Infographic
- Academic Language (University of Manchester)
- The Passive Voice Infographic
- Using Quotations (University of Toronto)
- Paraphrasing e-tutorial
- Paraphrasing infographic
- Assignment Writing Video
- Assignment Steps infographic
- Analyse the Question infographic
- Essay Question Verbs infographic and accessible version available here
- Essay Template
- Paragraph Structure
- Introductions and Conclusions infographic
- Signposting (Queens University Belfast)
- Revising and Editing (University of Toronto)
- Assignment Planner infographic
Research Report Writing
- Research Report Writing video
- Research Report Writing Infographic and accessible version available here
Writing for the Sciences
Writing for Law Students
- A guide to answering problem questions (University of Limerick)
- A guide to answering law essay questions (University of Limerick)
Critical Thinking & Writing
- Critical Thinking video
- Critical Thinking Infographic and accessible version available here
- Critical Writing video
- Critical Writing Infographic and accessible version available here
Book Review or Article Critique
- Annotated Bibliography (University of Leeds)
About the Writing Centre
- For guidance on how to structure an assignment at third level.
- For advice on how to research and read effectively for an assignment.
- To discuss difficulties with specific aspects of writing e.g. introductions, conclusions, essay flow or editing.
- For advice on how to improve writing to move up a grade.
The Writing Centre gathers student feedback after every single appointment. In 2019-20, 92.2% of students rated their appointment as 'excellent'.
- "The best one to one teaching ever received."
- "Brilliant I went in feeling lost and left feeling so positive. Invaluable advice and (the tutor was) so nice."
- "I found the 'virtual' option extremely handy as I am working full time and studying part time and would struggle to get into DCU for a face to face appointment. The advice given was excellent and I left feeling much more positive and enabled to write my assignment."
- "I feel that my approach to writing has improved dramatically. I came out with a new and improved perspective."
Angelos Bollas - specialist in Arts and Humanities.
Angelos is a PhD student at the School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies.
Aisling Callan - specialist in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Aisling is a PhD student at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health.
Paula Lehane - specialist in Education and Psychology.
Paula is a PhD student in the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education.
Hannah Millington - specialist in Arts and Humanities.
Hannah is a PhD student in the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music.
Conor Scully - specialist in Social Sciences and Education.
Conor is a PhD student at the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education.
Dr. Alicia Menendez Tarrazo - specialist in Arts and Humanities.
Alicia is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the Glasnevin Campus Writing Centre.
Cillian Murphy - specialist in Education and Psychology.
Cillian is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the St Patrick's Campus Writing Centre.
- Please have ready your assignment brief and a draft of your work.
- The Centre is not a proofreading or editing service but rather works with students to strengthen their abilities as writers and encourages them to become editors of their own work.
- All Writing Centre appointments are currently being offered exclusively online (via video call) due to coronavirus restrictions. This video explains how an online appointment works once you have booked it.
- Appointments are made using any of the booking calendar links below. Check the online calendar to get the latest updates on availability. Appointment slots open 7 days in advance.
- Please reschedule or cancel an appointment well in advance if you cannot attend through the links provided in your confirmation email. Students who repeatedly book and cancel appointments at the last minute will lose booking privileges.
- We advise students to make no more than one appointment per week and a maximum of five per semester. This is to keep the limited number of appointments open to as many students as possible.
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Make an Appointment
All Writing Centre appointments are currently being offered exclusively online (via video call) due to coronavirus restrictions. This video explains how an online appointment works once you have booked it.
Appointment slots open online one week in advance. The Writing Centre is a high-demand service. Students who do not show up to appointments, cancel appointments within 24 hours of their appointment time or book more than one appointment per week may lose booking privileges.
**Please check back regularly, as appointment slots become available due to cancellations**
NOTE: WE ARE CURRENTLY UPDATING OUR BOOKING SYSTEM. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY ISSUES MAKING AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE EMAIL STUDENT.LEARNING@DCU.IE