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Forum highlights the importance of effective writing

[Doug Babington is the director of The Writing Centre]Doug Babington is the director of The Writing Centre.

For 25 years, The Writing Centre has been a place where Queen’s students from any faculty or department can seek supportive tutoring that focuses on effective writing skills. During the 2008-09 academic year, the Centre’s two dozen writing tutors participated in more than 3,000 one-on-one tutorial sessions.

“The focus is certainly cross-curricular,” says Doug Babington, Director of The Writing Centre. “The common ground, I think, is that every student writer, be it an undergraduate or a graduate student, will benefit from concentrating on the purpose of the document that’s being written, as well as its audience.”

On Friday, March 25, The Writing Centre and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will present a cross-curricular forum titled “Enhancing the Quality of Writing at Queen’s.” Panelists will include professors from a variety of faculties and departments. Each panelist will discuss the importance of writing, after which the forum will be opened for questions and discussion.

“Writing touches every profession, every academic discipline,” says Dr. Babington. “It’s certainly a universal skill.”

Writing has also been a focus of the Senate Academic Planning Task Force. The group held a town hall meeting on the topic of writing earlier this month.

For more information about The Writing Centre, visit the website. For details about the upcoming forum, click here.

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