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Graduate Students

We work with graduate students for a variety of purposes and in a range of genres, including the following:

  • Scholarship/funding proposals.
  • Thesis proposals.
  • Course assignments.
  • Major research papers.
  • Theses.
  • Journal articles.
  • Conference proposals and papers.
  • Applications for graduate school.
  • General advice about writing: text organization, effective sentence structure, and grammar.

If you are a master's or PhD student looking for writing support, we encourage you to make appointments with Laurier’s professional writing experts: Ada Sharpe, PhD (Waterloo), James Southworth, PhD (Waterloo), Elliot Worsfold, PhD (Waterloo), Madeline McInnis, MA (Brantford), Christin Taylor, PhD (Brantford), or with a graduate student team member.

Our writing session uses a collaborative approach: you share knowledge about your area of expertise, while we offer feedback on rhetorical strategies and academic writing practices.

Writing Workshops 

Workshop registration is required through the Student Success Portal. You will receive the Zoom link to the workshop(s) after you have registered and prior to the workshop.

Scholarship Proposal Writing Workshops

Are you writing a research proposal for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), or similar? Our Scholarship Proposal Writing workshops are particularly useful to graduate students. These workshops are offered in the summer and early fall. In 2021, these workshops will all be offered online via Zoom. 

ASPIRE Writing Workshops

All ASPIRE writing workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year will be conducted online via Zoom.

  • Giving Feedback on Student Writing
  • APA 7 Citations
  • Engaging with Sources in Your Writing
  • Writing Clearly and Concisely
  • Developing Your Writing Process
  • Writing Literature Reviews
  • Grammar Tune-up: Thursday, March 10th, 2022, 11 am-12 pm
  • Strategies for Approaching Large Writing Projects: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022, 12-1 pm

Registration is required through the Student Success Portal. You will receive the Zoom link to the workshop(s) after you have registered and prior to the workshop.

Writing as Process: Developing a Major Writing Project

Over the course of four weeks in May of 2022, Laurier's Writing Services team will facilitate Writing as Process: Developing a Major Writing Project, a program designed with dedicated writing times and writing discussions intended to help participants make progress on a major writing project. This could include a PhD dissertation, a Master’s thesis, or a manuscript for publication. During the discussion portion of the program, a Laurier faculty member will be present to provide their perspective on the relevant writing topics.

Expressions of Interest

If you wish to participate in this program, please email with a brief statement of what you aim to accomplish by participating in this 4-day series and a description of the writing project you will be working on. 

Since part of the aim of this program is to build a writing community, we ask that participants commit to all four days: May 2, May 9, May 16 and May 30, 2022.

Please submit this statement to by Friday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, click here.