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Graduate Students

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), Jenna Olender, PhD candidate (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.

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.

Writing Workshops 

Scholarship Proposal Writing Workshops
In addition, 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. 

Upcoming Scholarship Proposal Workshops:

Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Thursday August 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.

Registration is required through the Student Success Portal.

Support for Teaching Assistants

If you are a TA, we can help you learn about marking, assignment development, or incorporating writing instruction into your tutorials. We can support you in a variety of ways:

  • Show you how to recognize and correctly name common grammar errors so that you can identify them in students’ paper.
  • Give advice about developing effective, engaging assignments that will encourage critical thinking from your students.
  • Recommend handouts and resources that will allow you to teach your students about academic writing.
  • Help you find out more about discipline-specific writing conventions in the subject you teach.

TAs should also read:

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

  • Scholarship/funding proposals.
  • Major research paper (MRP)/thesis proposals.
  • Major research papers (MRPs)/theses.
  • Course assignments.
  • Major research papers.
  • Journal articles.
  • Conference proposals and papers.
  • Applications for graduate school.
  • General advice about writing: text organization, effective sentence structure, and grammar.

Graduate Writing Group

Spring 2021

Every Monday from 1-3pm online in our Live Classroom.

Bring any kind of in-progress academic writing (major research projects, proposals, conference papers, coursework, etc.) to work on in a supportive and productive environment. Professional staff from Learning Skills and Development are present to provide feedback and support. The group operates on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required.

Writing Workshops

Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend out series of Graduate Professional Academic Skills workshops. Completion of three workshops in one academic year can be recognized on your Laurier Experience Record. The Professional Academic Skills Workshop Series includes the following sessions:

  • TA Skills: Giving Meaningful Feedback on Undergraduate Writing (Fall)
    • This two-hour workshop will introduce graduate students to strategies for responding to undergraduate writing that will promote a positive learning environment and help undergrads apply the feedback to improve their writing.
  • Mendeley: Organizing Your Research (Fall, Winter)
    • This workshop, in partnership with a librarian, will introduce graduate students to the features of Mendeley Citation Management System that will help students organize their research materials effectively.

  • Mendeley: Simplifying Citation (Fall, Winter)
    • This workshop will show graduate students how to use Mendeley to simplify their citations in their writing and to create reference lists with ease.

  • Editing with Ease: Formatting Features for Your Thesis or MRP (Winter, Spring)
    • This workshop will give graduate students a hands-on opportunity to learn about formatting large documents to facilitate editing with ease. It will include instruction on page formatting, creating automatic tables of contents, and using section breaks to streamline headers and footers.

Writing Resources

We encourage you to check out our list of recommended writing resources specifically for faculty and graduate students. You can also access all of our handouts and browse our online resources section.

You may also be interested in these resources:

You should also visit us in person, as we have many helpful books on writing in particular disciplines. Some of these resources will be relevant for your own use, and some will be valuable for your students if you are a teaching assistant (TA).