McGill Writing Centre

McGill Writing Centre

Refine your academic writing and communication skills in English with courses offered by the McGill Writing Centre McGill Writing Centre. As a student in one of our courses, you'll learn essential strategies and techniques that will help you to communicate effectively both at university and beyond the Roddick Gates.

Academic writing and communication in English courses (formerly CCOM prefix, now WCOM), English as a Second Language courses (formerly ESLN and CESL prefixes), and English for Academic Purposes (EAPR and CEAP prefixes) are offered by the McGill Writing Centre at under the WCOM prefix.

For a list of WCOM courses that can be taken for credit in the Faculty of Arts, consult the McGill Writing Centre website and/or the Arts OASIS.

Note: Up to a maximum of 12 credits of English as a Second Language courses, including academic writing courses for non-anglophones (WCOM ESL courses), are open to you if your primary language is not English and you have studied for fewer than five (5) years in an English-language secondary institution. Placement tests are required for all WCOM ESL courses. For more information on WCOM ESL placement tests, see the McGill Writing Centre



  • McLennan-Redpath Library, Main Floor, Room 2
  • 3459 McTavish Street
  • Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C9
  • Telephone: 514-398-7109
  • Email: mwc [at] (mailto:)
  • Website:

About the McGill Writing Centre

Currently located in the McLennan-Redpath Library, the McGill Writing Centre (MWC) is the University's central resource for written communication. The Centre offers credit courses in academic writing, science communication, creative writing, digital communication, professional communication, and a tutorial service open to McGill students. In addition, the Centre offers a number of non-credit writing courses in business communication and scientific writing open to the public.

McGill Writing Centre Faculty

Yvonne Hung
Academic Staff
Mehdi Babaei; Aaron Bartels-Swindells; Donetta Hines; Kyle Kubler; Ross Sundberg
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2023-2024 (last updated Aug. 30, 2023) (disclaimer)

WCOM (Written and Oral Communication in English) Courses

WCOM (Written and Oral Communication in English) Courses

Academic Writing

Academic Writing - tailored for English Language Learners (placement test required; please see

  • WCOM 235: ESL Academic English 2
  • WCOM 245: ESL: Essay and Critical Thinking
  • WCOM 255: ESL: Research Essay and Rhetoric

Creative Writing

  • WCOM 203: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • WCOM 333: Writing Creative Nonfiction

Science Communication

  • WCOM 314: Communicating Science
  • WCOM 414: Advanced Communicating Science (coming)

Digital Genres

Business Communication (required for certain SCS certificate programs; other undergraduate students can request permission from the MWC)

  • WCOM 202: Communication in Management 1

Communication for Engineers

  • WCOM 206: Communication in Engineering

Special Topics

  • WCOM 371: Selected Communication Topic 1
  • WCOM 372: Selected Communication Topic 2
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2023-2024 (last updated Aug. 30, 2023) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Arts—2023-2024 (last updated Aug. 30, 2023) (disclaimer)
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