About Us

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication is an educational support unit at UBC Vancouver dedicated to helping facilitate the writing of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty. Since our establishment in July 2016 in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, we have been guided by our pedagogical foundations in Rhetorical Genre Theory and Writing in the Disciplines (you can learn more about what this means below). We offer a variety of services, workshops, events, and programs all dedicated to helping members of the UBC community from across the disciplines to enhance their academic literacy and accomplish their writing tasks.

For a comprehensive overview of all support offered in Summer 2019 on our campus, please review this document. Further details on all programming can be found throughout our website.

All of our programming is guided by Rhetorical Genre Theory and Writing in the Disciplines, which are research-based pedagogies for writing instruction. We are also aligned with best practices for Writing Centre work as outlined by the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing.

In practice, what this means is that our model of writing instruction focuses on the writing task in its social context; on questions of genre as determined by the discourse features of the text; on questions of discipline as exemplified by the methods and findings of subject area experts; on the fundamentally communicative function of academic writing; and on crucial rhetorical considerations such as audience and purpose. In all of our work at the CWSC, we are concerned not only to improve the written text at hand, whether that be a lab report brought by an undergraduate to a peer Writing Consultation or a dissertation chapter brought by a graduate student to a Graduate Writing Retreat, but also to equip the writer with the rhetorical self-consciousness to become a more effective communicator for life.

Patty Kelly Patty Kelly, Program Manager



Dr. Patty A. Kelly joined the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) in May 2018. Prior to the CWSC, Patty was a faculty member in Arts Studies in Research and Writing at UBC, where her courses focused on introducing undergraduate students to the research culture and writing practices typical of the humanities and social sciences.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role, Patty collaborates with the campus community to deliver writing services and programs that enhance scholarly communication for undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines. In addition to designing writing services that help students meet their educational goals, she looks forward to developing and engaging in campus-wide writing initiatives for postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

Liam Monaghan Liam Monaghan, Program Coordinator



Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Liam is a writer, educator, and theatre artist. He holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Lethbridge, an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, and a B.Ed. in English Language Arts from U.B.C. He has published scholarly and non-fiction articles and his plays have been professionally produced in various cities across Canada. Prior to joining U.B.C. Library, Liam worked as a college instructor of Rhetoric and English for Academic Purposes

Current Role and Responsibilities

As Program Coordinator, Liam helps hire and train the CWSC’s twenty undergrad and graduate student staff. He is also responsible for researching best practices in writing pedagogy, for helping deliver graduate programs such as Writing Consultations, Thesis Boot Camps, and Writing Workshops, and for developing new programming for undergraduates. Liam is excited to design resources in response to student, staff, and faculty needs and to facilitate opportunities for members of the U.B.C. community to engage with writing as a creative means of sharing and building knowledge.