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Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre in Trinity College Dublin is run by Student Learning Development. Student Learning Development offers a variety of writing services for all students to help them develop their academic writing skills. Students of all levels and abilities, even the very high achievers, often need support and/or advice to achieve their best; SLD can give that support.

Appointment Bookings

We ask you to limit your appointments to one session per week, with a maximum of 8 per semester. This is to ensure fair access to all students to the service. If you feel that you need more support than this, please contact one of our team at

The Writing Clinic appointments are sometimes heavily booked. If you need an earlier appointment, please consider booking a general appointment or brief appointment. Click here for information

Principles of Service

  • This is not a proof-reading service.
  • A student may provide a sample of writing prior to the appointment via email. Tutors may not read these samples in advance of your appointment, but will go through samples during your appointment. Sending large pieces of writing for review, (i.e. chapters, entire dissertations etc.) is not practical.
  • We provide advice on structure, strategies and support during the appointment only. We cannot provide feedback on work by email.
  • We understand that sometimes you may not manage to attend your appointment. We experience high demand for these appointments, so we ask that you do cancel in advance where possible. Either find your confirmation email and cancel via the link, or email us at This will allow other students to avail of support.
  • Our tutors are all trained in general Academic Writing skills. You can view short bios for our tutors here.

Writing Centre Appointments

The Academic Writing Centre offers individual, 30 minute, consultations for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Students are invited to attend for support with writing strategies in areas such as essay/thesis/dissertation/reflective writing, structuring, critical thinking & writing and referencing/plagiarism. Click here to book an online, individual appointment with an SLD trained advisor.

PG Shut Up & Write Café

The Shut Up and Write Café allows Postgraduates from all disciplines to get together to write for 1.5 hours within a structured framework and also enjoy a cup of coffee. These groups are facilitated by a member of the SLD team. Click for more information.

Tips Talks

"Tips Talks" is a series of 30 minute webinars in specific areas of Academic Writing. Topics include analysing titles and structuring essays, building arguments, critical thinking as well as some on sentences, paragraphs, proofreading your own work and more. Click for our schedule and links to join.

Writing Skills Workshops

We run a wide range of FREE workshops for Undergraduates and Postgraduates. Workshops are based on proven strategies to help students improve their performance. Topics include essay writing, thesis writing, literature reviewing and many more. Click for our schedule and links to join.

Online Writing Resources

The SLD Blackboard module has been developed to provide resources 24/7. The module contains recorded workshops, audio and video files, downloadable documents as well as interactive websites and useful links on topics such as Essay Writing, Critical Thinking, Thesis Writing, Exam Skills, Literature Reviewing and much more. Click for more information.

Postgraduate Tutors

The Writing Centre periodically recruits Doctoral students from Trinity College Dublin to facilitate appointments in our Writing Clinic. If you are interested in applying for a position, please click here for full details.