Since 2008, the Writing Centre has offered two services to Glendon’s student population: one-on-one assignment help, and academic writing workshops.

Individual help is a service requested by students for many years now. At the Writing Centre, our strength is our ambassadors. All of the Centre’s ambassadors have an excellent expertise in French and have the training necessary to support you in the writing of your assignments. Whether it consists of helping you understand assignment instructions, or helping guide you in the elaboration of your reflection, or helping you review assignment structure, or helping explain certain graimmaire rules too avoid numerous errors, or supporting you in all aspects to ensure that you learn and succeed.

You can book a maximum of two appointments per weeks with an ambassador.

Our workshops focus on academic writing and are designed to provide you with a base that you need to succeed when doing assignments.

Book an appointment via Experience York. Click the “Students” tab at the top of the page and use your Passport York to login.

To book an appointment through Experience York: 

  1. Click on any of the Book an Appointment buttons found throughout the Career and Skills Development Centre website.


    2. Login to Experience York: click on Students then Login.



     3. Enter your Passport York student login. 

     4. To access the booking module, select Glendon College from your Dashboard.


      5. Book an appointment by type (career or assignment help) or by ambassador (choose a member of our team). Meet our team below.



How an appointment at the Writing Centre unfolds:
  • If you come to the Writing Centre in person, after booking an appointment, please bring: your homework, your printed assignment, your assignment requirements/rubric, as well as your syllabus (or have it online on your laptop). If we are meeting through Zoom, ensure that you can share these documents with your ambassador.
  • Appointments last 45 minutes. Come prepared. Write your questions out in advance. If necessary, please send your assignment to your ambassador to be reviewed a few minutes in advance, etc.
  • In English or in French, our ambassadors work with you for the writing and revision process.
  • Attention: the ambassadors will not write or rewrite your assignments. The Writing Centre does not offer a correction service.
  • Learn more about academic integrity here
Some advice from our ambassadors:
  • Book multiple appointments for the different parts of you assignment (45 minutes goes by quickly). Thus, you must start the assignment in advance.
  • Ask all your questions regarding the assignment to your professor. Our guides will not know the expectations of your professor.
  • Avoid asking too much of your ambassador, specifically asking to review your entire assignment a couple of hours before it is due. You risk not having enough time to make the necessary modifications.
  • Know that the amabssadors are not responsable for the mark that you receive.



Marie-Elaine Bourgeois

Coordinator of the Writing Centre

About me: I have a background in French and Quebec literature.  In addition to teaching language and literature classes, I have been working with students at the Writing Centre since 2008. Individual work with students is an aspect of my work that I particularly like since everyone has a different path.

Fiona Patterson

About me: I am a proud Glendonite (BA ’07 & MA ’10), returning to pursue my PhD in Études francophones. Since 2013 I have been working as an elementary and secondary teacher in English and Francophone public schools. I am passionate about languages, literature, teaching, writing, translating and, of course, learning.


Marianne Volle

About me: Marianne Volle is a PhD candidate in the Department of French Studies at Glendon College, York University, in a joint position with the Department of Art History at Paris 1 University. She holds two master’s degrees in History of Science and History of Modern Art, her doctoral thesis is entitled “À l’ombre des Amériques en fleurs : Représenter la flore du Nouveau Monde en France au Siècle des Lumières (1693-1804)”, under the direction of Professors Swann Paradis and Étienne Jollet. winner of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Awards competition, is also a research assistant to Marie-Christine Pioffet for her project entitled: «Le théâtre du Nouveau Monde: les dialogues dans les récits issus de la colonisation française de l’Amérique (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles)». She has participated in the SCEDHS annual conference since 2018, and has also contributed to the project led by Sebastien Coté, “Rêver le Nouveau Monde: l’espace colonial nord-américain au théâtre et dans la fiction française du XVIIIe siècle” (Ottawa, 2018). In 2019, Marianne participated in the exhibition “Chic emprise. Culture, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle” (Musée du Nouveau Monde, La Rochelle) (Musée du Nouveau Monde, La Rochelle). More recently, she took part in the conference «L’art et le livre entre XVe et XVIIIe e siècle, pour une approche transdisciplinaire» (Lyon, October 2020).

Majid Farham

Teacher Assistant, Open Learning Centre 

(English Support)

About me: I hold two MAs in TEFL (2006) and Applied Linguistics (2021) and currently I am a first-year Ph.D. student at York University. My research interest mainly focuses on second language writing and corrective feedback (CF) and I will be working on learners’ engagement with written corrective feedback (WCF) under the supervision of professor Valeo during my doctoral studies at York. I have received both TESL Ontario (OCELT) and TESL Canada (Level 3) certificates and have been teaching a variety of courses including EFL, ESL, ESP, and IELTS preparation courses in the past two decades. I also worked as a tenured faculty in the English department at IA University in Iran for almost 8 years. 

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