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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), 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. For the Summer and Fall of 2022, here are workshop dates and times for all levels and disciplines:

  • Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 - 2-3:30pm (via Zoom)
  • Thursday, August 25th, 2022 - 10-11:30am (via Zoom)
  • Thursday, September 15th, 2022 - 2-3:30pm (via Zoom)
  • Friday, September 30th, 2022 - 10-11:30am (via Zoom)
  • Monday, October 3rd, 2022 - 3-4:30pm (via Zoom)

ASPIRE Writing Workshops

Writing Services will be conducting the following ASPIRE writing workshops in the Fall of 2022: 

Transitioning to Graduate Level Writing

  • Thursday, September 29th - 11am

Engaging with Sources

  • Thursday, October 6th - 12pm

Writing a Literature Review

  • Wednesday, October 12th - 12pm

Writing Clearly and Concisely

  • Thursday, November 10th - 2pm

Writing with Inclusive Language

  • Monday, November 14th - 2pm

APA 7 Citations

  • Thursday, December 8th, 12pm

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom. 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, Laurier's Writing Services team 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 have any questions about this program and/or if you wish to participate in May of 2023, please email The specific dates of the program have yet to be confirmed.

For more information about this program, click here.