Friday, January 10thfrom 11:30am-1:30pm and/or Friday, January 17th from 2pm-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Conference abstracts play a vital role in the communication of scholarly research. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of their discipline, and, importantly, to researchers in other disciplines? This workshop introduces undergraduate researchers to the typical structure of the scientific abstract across disciplines, while accounting for disciplinary differences and community norms. During the workshop, participants will write or revise a draft of their MURC abstract, and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants.


Dr. Patty Kelly, Program Manager
Liam Monaghan, Program Coordinator

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January 10

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January 17

Part One: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 – 12pm-1pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Part Two: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 – 12pm-1pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This two-part workshop is for first-year undergraduates who are new to the types of scholarly communication they are expected to engage with at a research institution like UBC. Participants will be taught how to recognize and read different types of academic texts, and how to begin to produce their own versions of those texts for their classes.

You may find it helpful to read this blog post in preparation for the workshop.

Facilitator: Liam Monaghan, CWSC Program Coordinator

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Tuesday, February 4th or Tuesday, March 24th from 12pm-1pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

All too often, scholarly citation is approached by undergraduates as a frustrating obstacle on the path to completing a writing assignment, rather than as an intellectual pursuit in its own right. This workshop aims to reframe that mindset by demystifying the who, what, when, where, and why of citational practices. No matter the citation style they are being asked to engage with, participants will come away from this workshop with a greater understanding of the purpose behind citation, as well as a pragmatic conception of how to apply that understanding in their own academic writing.

The workshop is appropriate for undergraduates at any level, though first year students who have not yet taken “Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing” may wish to do so first.

Facilitator: Liam Monaghan, CWSC Program Coordinator

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February 4

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March 24

February 28th, 2020, 10am-4pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Join fellow undergraduates writing their honours theses for a daylong retreat in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. In addition to an opening panel discussion between undergraduates, graduate students, CWSC staff, and faculty, the retreat will feature opportunities for one-on-one writing consultations and dedicated writing time. Coffee and snacks will be provided by the CWSC.

After registering, please contact Liam Monaghan, CWSC Program Coordinator (liam.monaghan@ubc.ca) to request a one-on-one half-hour Writing Consultation during the workshop. Specify your full name and field of study.

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Liam Monaghan (chair) is Program Coordinator of the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication at UBC. He holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Lethbridge, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts Education from UBC, and an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, where he wrote his thesis, “Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” He is a writer who has published literary non-fiction and a theatre artist whose plays have been produced in cities across Canada.