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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: Jordana Garbati, 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

Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend any of our workshops. Many graduate students can benefit from attending these workshops to become conscious of the rhetorical, sentence-level choices available to them as writers.

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.

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) proposals.
  • 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

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

RCE 217 (Research & Academic Centre East room 217)

May 2nd - August 22nd

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 Writing & Study Skills Services 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 any of our workshops.

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).