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Graduate Student Writing Communities

Research shows that graduate students benefit from regular participation in a writing community. Writing communities help graduate students establish an individual, regular writing practice in a collaborative, supportive environment. Join fellow graduate students writing their theses, dissertations, and research articles for 2 hours of uninterrupted writing time. Graduate students from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication facilitate the writing communities.

Tuesdays (weekly) 2 pm-4 pm: September 18 - December 11 Koerner Library Room 216


Wednesdays (weekly) 5 pm-7 pm: September 19 - December 12 IKBLC Level 3 Qualicum Room


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.

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!

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.

Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 10 am-4 pm - Dodson Room