Anyone taking a distance class administered by the Distance Education Unit can has access to free writing support through the Distance Education Writing Centre. This includes classes that are offered online, through independent studies, televised, multi-mode and off-campus classes. 

  • The Writing Centre provides tools and support to help you write effective essays, reports and reviews.
  • Simply submit a project draft and a qualified tutor will assess your work and offer advice on ways to improve your project.
  • Contact the tutor if you have difficulty getting started, or want advice on constructing an outline.
  • Tutors do not replace writing instruction in your classes – they enhance and support it. Tutors will not write, edit or proofread assignments and will not ghostwrite essays or offer instruction in English as a second language.
  • You do the work. We support you in the process.
  • Write a project draft.
  • Use the following timelines when submitting:
    • Submit your assignment by email at least 2-3 days (48-72 hours) before the due date.
    • Assignments sent by regular mail or fax require more time. Contact the Distance Education Writing Centre for more details.
    • Assignments may be submitted on weekends but return times may be slower.
  • Your assignment will be returned along with a tutor critique sheet. The critique sheet will provide comments about the following areas:
    • What are the paper's strengths?
    • Describe any weaknesses concerning the thesis or focus, voice or tone, organization, development, paragraphing etc.
    • The tutor will suggest a strategy to improve on each weakness and offer additional comments to help you with your assignment.

Send a completed submission form along with your assignment to distance.writing@usask.ca. You will receive a response from a tutor confirming receipt of your assignment.

To discuss your assignment with the tutor:

  • Call 306-966-4594
    • Available Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 1-4 pm
    • You can also call this number outside of available times and leave a message.
  • Or, email with questions concerning your projects.