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Undergraduate Student Workshops and Events

Please check back in the fall of 2018.

Graduate Student Workshops and Events

Thesis Boot Camp

Feeling unmotivated to work on your thesis or other academic writing? Are you the only one you know in the midst of writing? Need a kick start to get your writing going? Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) are hosting a thesis boot camp to help.

Benefits of participating include:

  • Attendance at the opening panel, where graduate students talk about their experience with and approaches to writing their theses
  • Tips from CWSC peer writing consultants for writing and managing your schedule as you work on your thesis
  • Strategies for using a genre approach in your writing
  • Time and a quiet space to work, uninterrupted, on your project
  • A peer writing consultant from the CWSC available during writing time to answer questions
  • The opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from across campus
  • Coffee!
Tentative Schedule

The finalized schedule will be updated closer to the event.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Grad Panel with Q&A
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Writing Session
  • 12:30 – 13:15 Brown Bag Lunch (please bring your own)
  • 13:15 – 13:45 A Genre Approach to Writing the Dissertation
  • 13:45 – 15:45 Writing Session
  • 15:45 – 16:00 Wrap-up
Grad Panel
  • Catherine Kirkness (MA, English): MEd (Counselling Psychology)
  • Kylie Young: MA (History)
  • Erin Guntly: PhD (Linguistics)

Patty A. Kelly is the Program Manager for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. Patty received her PhD in English (SFU, 2013), with a specialty in rhetoric and writing. Her approach to teaching scholarly communication comes from rhetorical genre theory and writing-in-the-disciplines pedagogy. Patty collaborates with the campus community to deliver writing services and programs that enhance scholarly communication for all UBC members.

Onsite Writing Consultant

Erin Guntly is finished her PhD in Linguistics with a plan to defend in the fall. For the past 10 months she has been a writing consultant in the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. She works primarily with graduate students from all disciplines, including Engineering, Chemistry, Law, Health Sciences, Music, and Journalism. Erin’s excited to learn about students’ work while helping them strengthen their work.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10 am-4 pm


Graduate Student Writing Communities

Participating in a writing community can help to keep you motivated, whether you are working on your thesis, dissertation, or any graduate-level writing project.

Join fellow graduate students to write, establish goals, and share best practices during 2 hours of uninterrupted writing time. Graduate students from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication and the UBC Research Commons facilitate these communities.

Tuesdays (weekly) 2 pm-4 pm: re-starting for the 2018 Summer Session on May 15


Wednesdays (weekly) 5 pm-7 pm: re-starting for the 2018 Summer Session on May 16


Note: Graduate Student Writing Communities are most beneficial if you commit to participating regularly and are able to attend the weekly meetings for the duration of the term.