UWC Writing Center

UWC Writing Center, ​The UWC Writing Centre is staffed by peer writing tutors who work with students on their academic writing tasks. We guide, advise and support student writers, with the aim of developing their skills and confidence.​ We also provide support to academic staff as they work with their own student writers.

The Writing Centre is an academic unit linked to the Directorate of Teaching and Learning. We provide advice and support to both staff  and students, and our services are free of charge.

The mandate of the Writing Centre is to provide a supportive academic environment in which undergraduate, RPL and diploma students can receive advice, guidance and constructive assistance with written tasks and assignments, or any other creative or personal writing. Students can also seek assistance with reading and oral tasks as well. Postgraduate students should approach the Postgraduate Enrolment and Throughput Programme (PET) for assistance. 

Teaching staff can get support for specific courses or groups of students in terms of setting tasks and assignments and designing assessment rubrics; working with students’ drafts of assignments; advice on embedding reading and writing into course materials and assessment tasks; and workshops designed to build staff, tutor and student awareness about aspects of reading and writing development in relation to specific tasks and courses. The Writing Centre also offers training for tutors and lecturers on the writer-respondent approach of engaging with students in written and oral forms of feedback about their work.

The peer writing tutors who work at the Writing Centre are all MA and PhD students working in a range of disciplines. They are all well-trained in relevant methods, approaches and theoretical perspectives on academic writing and academic literacies more broadly and are good writers and readers themselves. 

The tutors are available on weekdays from 9am until 4pm for face-to-face tutorials, either one-on-one or in small groups. We also offer online consultations, where drafts of written work can be e- mailed to a peer writing tutor who will offer advice and guidance on revisions. 

Writings Workshop

We offer writing workshops for students on campusat the requestof lecturers or departments. These workshops are linked to writing tasks that students are doing in the module. We welcome collaboration with the lecturers involved in the planning and implementation of the workshop.

Topics covered include:

·         Assignment task analysis

·         Introductions and conclusions

·         Essay structure and paragraph writing

·         Developing an argument

·         Using academic sources and referencing

·         Writing a literature review

·         Reflective writing

We also offer workshops fordepartmental tutors to help to assist them with developing students’ writing and giving feedback.

If you are a lecturer and would like to organise a writing workshop for your students, please contact Arona Dison (adison@uwc.ac.za) or phone 021-959-2404 as far in advance of the workshop date as possible to discuss your ideas and needs for the workshop. 


The Writing Centre is located on the ground floor of the Old Arts Building, underneath the Faculty of Arts, and opposite the side entrance to B-Block.

If you are coming from off campus, please have a look at this map, downloadable in PDF form. The directions are on a sticky note embedded in the map. We are in building 22.

Map to UWC Writing Centre​​

You can e-mail us for more information and to request online consultations on gdaries@uwc.ac.za.

You can call us on 021-959-2390 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or fax us on 021-959-3404.

Please feel free to come and see us to chat to us about what you’re working on, and the assistance you need. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you with your writing. ​​​​​