GradWRITE Seminars are designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars meet the specific demands of academic and professional writing. Our seminars cover a variety of topics to help you learn about and successfully address the expectations involved in writing theses, dissertations, manuscripts, proposals, applications, reports, abstracts, and more. Our goal is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic discipline and professional field. You may register for all seminars or select just the seminar that interests you. And, all GradWRITE Seminars are free.
All seminars take place in Western Student Services Building room 3134.
To Register for GradWRITE Seminars
- Click on the REGISTER FOR GRADWRITE SEMINARS button below
- Login to Western Connect
- Click on the Register for an Event button
- Choose Writing Support Centre Events from the drop-down menu
- Choose the seminar(s) you want to attend from the events calendar
The Writing Process: Organizing and Structuring Your Work
In this seminar we’ll learn strategies such as diagramming and storyboarding to better structure and organize your written work. We'll address how to integrate writing as a practice that accompanies the ongoing development of your intellectual identity.
Refining your grammar skills
This session addresses the more prominent differences between the casual tone and syntax of spoken English and the conventions of formal academic writing. Topics covered include the role and placement of modifying words and phrases in writing, the distinction between “the” and “a/an”, as well as the correct usage of the word “which”.
Writing clearly and concisely
"I'm not sure what you're trying to say." No one wants to find those comments on a chapter submission, so let us help you learn practical strategies essential to being better understood. A must if you're a student who enjoys securing funds, getting
published,or finishing grad school.
This session details the functions of different punctuation marks in academic writing, including the colon and semicolon, the apostrophe, and
a specialemphasis on the varied uses of commas. The session also provides guidelines on how to incorporate references to numbers in written form.
Writing your literature review
This seminar examines the purpose of a literature review in proposals, manuscripts, and your thesis or dissertation. We'll look at how literature reviews justify your work, legitimate your approach, and define your scholarly identity?
Summarizing your research into an abstract
They’re short. We all have to
writethem. In this seminarwe’ll examine what it takes to represent your research, manuscript, thesis, dissertation, or conference paper, and your academic identity, in just a few hundred words.
Writing your thesis or dissertation
In this seminar we’ll learn how to set writing goals, find out where to find resources to demystify the process, and gain insights into the expectations of supervisors and committees. This seminar also addresses how to be active (instead of reactive) and take ownership of your work.
Editing and proofreading
This session examines the different stages of the writing process with a specific focus on the revision stage. Strategies for identifying structural or mechanical problems in the writing are presented along with advice on such concerns as enhancing the flow of ideas in a document and avoiding the use of stilted or imprecise language.
This seminar begins by unpacking the peer review process. We’ll address how to write to your target publication, how to incorporate citations in a manuscript, the “so what?”
question,and the merits of writing for audiences beyond your discipline.
Writing effective research proposals
A research proposal can determine your path through graduate studies, your potential funding, and your academic and professional future. In this
seminarwe’ll look at the components that make up successful research proposals.
GradWRITE Seminars are Western Co-Curricular Record approved. To get credit you must attend four seminars.
Suggest a GradWRITE Seminar
If you do not see a seminar that addresses your writing needs or questions, let us know. Suggest a GradWRITE Seminar: firstname.lastname@example.org