Writing Seminars

Undergraduate Writing Seminars 

Writing Support Centre seminars are directed toward undergraduate students but open to everyone in the Western community AND they are free. Our seminars address approaches to common writing assignments, discipline-specific writing, and issues of grammar and style. Graduate students and postdocs check out our GradWRITE Seminars

Winter 2021 Writing Seminars are all online Zoom sessions. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to your Western email address (@uwo.ca) after you have registered. Contact us at wsc@uwo.ca if you have questions. 

To Register for Seminars:

  1. Click on the REGISTER FOR WINTER 2021 WRITING SEMINARS button below
  2. Login to Western Connect
  3. Select Writing Support Centre on your Dashboard
  4. Click on Seminar and Event Calendar
  5. Choose the seminar(s) you want to attend from the events calendar

Register For Winter 2021 Writing Seminars

Winter 2021 Writing Seminars Schedule

Seminar Topics:

  • Writing a Thesis Statement: Every paper requires a clear identifiable thesis statement. This seminar demystifies this critical element of academic writing and demonstrates how to communicate the purpose of your paper clearly and concisely  January 18 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Overcoming Writer's Block focuses on the different stages of the writing process and provides a more organized approach to keep you on track January 20 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Punctuation Primer explains how to use common punctuation for effective academic writing January 25 12:30 - 1:30
  • Tips for the Non-Native English Speaker provides a brief overview of English grammar, focusing on key sentence components, and features strategies for improving word choice and rhetoric January 27 1:30 - 2:30
  • Grammar Primer removes the mystery of common grammatical errors by explaining the causes behind them and demonstrating solutions February 1 12:30 - 1:30
  • Concise Writing demonstrates how to eliminate wordiness, condense information and maintain meaningful content February 3 11:30 - 12:30
  • Writing a Book Review explains the purpose of a book review and how to evaluate the contributions of authors in terms of their credibility and the evidence they present February 8 12:30 - 1:30
  • Writing in the Arts and Humanities uses examples of different mediums to demonstrates how to undertake a close reading as an essential step in researching and writing February 10 1:30 - 2:30
  • Annotated Bibliographies explains the expectations and different steps involved in writing an annotated bibliography, including resources for citing February 22 12:30 - 1:30
  • Writing in the Sciences examines ways to write engaging scientific papers that audiences will want to read for content and for style February 24 11:30 - 12:30
  • Writing in the Social Sciences addresses how to critically engage with your topic, integrate evidence to support your thesis, use terminology appropriately, and make sure your paper is specific to the course March 1 12:30 - 1:30
  • Structuring and Organizing a Paper demonstrates how to use writing strategies and visual learning techniques such as storyboarding to ensure your paper has continuity and flow March 3 1:30 - 2:30
  • Writing in Nursing and Health Sciences explores ways to communicate complex health information to a wide audience, so not only academics but also the public can learn about issues vital to them March 8 12:30 - 1:30
  • Referencing Your Paper presents citation as a necessary means of avoiding accusations of plagiarism, and as an approach to strengthening the credibility of the claims in your paper March 10 11:30 - 12:30
  • Writing a Personal Statement examines common pitfalls and explains how to connect with your intended audience March 17 12:30 - 1:30
  • Writing Essay Exams focuses on how to organize useful study notes and make use of memory skills before exploring different exam structures March 24 1:30 - 2:30

If you do not see a seminar or workshop that addresses your writing needs or questions, let us know. Suggest a seminar or workshop topic: wsc@uwo.ca

Certificate of Academic Engagement


WSC Seminars are Western Co-Curricular Record approved. To get credit you must attend four Seminars.

CCR Approved





Student Experience