Welcome to the Maynooth University Writing Centre.   The Writing Centre is located in Education House, North Campus.

The Maynooth University Writing Centre offers free, friendly, non-judgemental writing help to any student, undergraduate or postgraduate, regardless of course, degree or level. The support we offer is primarily through one-to-one appointments, where students can discuss their writing with peer/expert tutors.  In addition, Writing Centre staff offer writing workshops, support writing groups, engage in discipline specific work, and research in academic writing and related fields. 

We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at the Centre.

Dr Adeline Cooney
Maynooth University Writing Centre
Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Inaugural Undergraduate Essay Writing Competition  2020 - 2021 - This Competition has now closed.

The Writing Centre is delighted to announce the Inaugural Undergraduate Essay Writing Competion for 2020-21.
This competition is open to all registered Maynooth University Undergraduate Students.
Full details of the competition theme, eligibility and adjudicating process are available here Undergraduate Essay Writing Competition 2020-21

The overall winner will receive an iPad, while the two runners up will each receive a €100 One4All voucher.
Closing date for entries is midnight on Monday, 13th April 2021.

 

Writing Centre Opening Hours - Semester 2, Year 2020-21.

The Writing Centre will remain open from Monday 10th May until Friday 28th May.  

Appointments for a one-to-one consultation are available at the times listed below.  Please note these times are provisional and subject to change.  Check our Moodle space for confirmed times. 

We offer one-to-one, face-to-face or online appointments - subject to Covid 19 restrictions. 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

Friday

10.00 am

10.00 am

1.00 pm

10.00 am

11.00 am

11.00 am

2.00 pm

11.00 am

12.15 pm

12.15 pm

3.15 pm

12.15 pm

1.00 pm

1.00 pm

4.00 pm

1.00 pm

       

Please note: one-to-one appointments last 45 minutes. 
One-to-one appointments can be booked by e-mail to writingcentre@mu.ie.​
You should contact us at least five working days before the date on which you would like an appointment. 

If you have any questions about the Writing Centre or if you wish to make an appointment, please email us on 
writingcentre@mu.ie.
 

Writing Centre Student Moodle Space

Further information regarding the Centre’s opening hours and specific services will be posted on the Centre’s Moodle space. This can be accessed through the Maynooth University Moodle homepage or at this link:  https://2021.moodle.maynoothuniversity.ie/my/

There are a range of resources available to you on our Moodle page including:

  • essay writing resources
  • referencing guides
  • grammar and punctuation guides

Check out our Table of Contents (on Moodle) for a full overview of the resources available.

We also have an academic writing guide, which was developed by Writing Centre staff, and is hosted on the University Library pages:http://nuim.libguides.com/academicwriting

 

 

Essay Writing Workshops for First Year Undergraduate Students

We are offering a series of workshops on Essay Writing, commencing on Tuesday 13th October 2020. This course comprises of nine workshops in total, each of one hours’ duration, delivered over three weeks.  The workshops will cover topics such as: interpreting essay titles, structuring an essay, and the writing process, among others.  Further information on the Workshops will be circulated nearer the date and will be made available on Moodle..

Writing Centre Resources for Staff

Colleagues working in academic departments may find this guide to integrating writing in the classroom useful: 
Writing to Learn: In Class Writing Activities (2017):Writing to Learn: In Class Writing Activites (2017)

Colleagues might also be interested in this infographic which captures key outputs and features of our work, since we began in 2011. Writing Centre Outputs and Features
 

Writing Centre Resources for Writing Centre Colleagues

Part of our work in the University Writing Centre has involved collaborating with colleagues nationally and internationally to research and publish work which will guide our practice.  The following are co-authored publications of this nature:

The Maynooth University Guide to Setting Up A Writing Centre: http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/6656
University Writing Centre Tutoring Handbook: http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/view/creators/O=27Brien=3ASarah=3A=3A.html
Higher Education Writing Centres:   An Introduction to Higher Education Writing Centres
An Introduction to Tutoring in the Writing Centre (2017): http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/9329/