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Workshops

Many writing workshops are eligible for the Laurier Experience Record. For more information on eligible workshops, contact the Student Success  office in Waterloo or Learning Skills and Development in Brantford.

Writing Workshops in collaboration with ASPIRE

Writing Services is pleased to offer two writing workshops for the ASPIRE program. Learn more about our Abstract Writing workshop and our Writing Clearly and Concisely workshop. Please register via the Student Portal. Log in, then scroll to Event Registration.

  • Abstract Writing workshop: Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Writing Clearly and Concisely workshop: Monday, December 2, 2019; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

These workshops will be held in P224 (Peters building, 2nd floor).

Scholarship Writing Workshop Series

Are you in graduate school or thinking about going? If so, you may want to consider applying for an academic scholarship. We offer a highly acclaimed series of presentations, the Scholarship Proposal Writing workshops, to help you write successful scholarship proposals.

In these workshops, we give you the tools you need to approach scholarship proposal writing with confidence. Working from samples of winning Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS),  Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) proposals written by graduate students, we will examine common features of successful proposals, and we will teach you how to apply these writing strategies in your own proposal. These workshops are open to all current and potential graduate students at Laurier as well as undergraduate students who may be applying for these awards. Although each workshop has an emphasis, students are welcome to attend any session listed below.

Fall 2019 Dates

Monday, August 19th, 2-3:30pm 

  • Location: P224 (2nd floor of the Peters Building)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, PhD students

Tuesday, August 20th, 10-11:30am

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, PhD students

Wednesday, September 4th, 10-11:30am

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, PhD students

Friday, September 6th, 1:30-3pm

  • Location: BSIA 143, Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Emphasis: Global Governance, Master's and PhD students

Tuesday, September 10th, 2-4pm

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, PhD students

Friday, September 13th, 12-1:30pm

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, PhD students

Monday, September 16th, 10-11:30am

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: Arts, Master's students

Monday, September 16th, 1-2:30pm

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: Science, Master's students

Wednesday, September 18th, 12-1:30pm

  • Location: FSW101, Faculty of Social Work, 120 Duke St. West
  • Emphasis: Social Work, Master's students

Friday, September 20th, 10-11:30am

  • Location: ARTS 2C15
  • Emphasis: Psychology, Master's students

Tuesday, September 24th, 11:30am-1pm

  • Location: L314 (3rd floor of the library)
  • Emphasis: All disciplines, Master's students

In addition to these workshops, consider making an appointment with a graduate writing consultant for personalized feedback on your proposal. It's hard work preparing a scholarship application – we can help make the proposal less intimidating.

See our Graduate Students page and our resources on scholarship writing for more information.

Academic Skills Workshops (undergraduate)

Each week, Learning Skills and Development offers you a workshop on a specific writing or study skill with four times to choose from (Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays at 1 p.m.)! All workshops take place in Market Place room 115 (45 Market Street) and are one-hour long.

Registration is required for all workshops through the Student Success Portal. Sign up for one, two, or more! Students who complete seven or more workshops in one academic year (May 2019 – April 2020) can request acknowledgement of participation in the Academic Skills Workshop Certificate on the Laurier Experience Record.

Workshop policies:

  • You may register for as many workshops as you would like throughout the term.
  • Workshop registration is limited due to the size of our workshop room. When you register for a workshop, you are confirming your attendance at that workshop. If something changes and you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration through the Student Success Portal.
  • Students who repeatedly register for workshops but do not attend may have their Learning Skills and Development privileges curtailed. A missed workshop will count as a missed activity with our service. Students who miss two workshops will not be able to book future appointments with us in that term.

Questions? Email us: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca

Looking for graduate student workshops? Please visit the Graduate Students page.

Start the Term Off Right

This workshop, in partnership with the Orientation & Transition Coordinator, will help students get motivated for the new term. We'll talk about strategies to boost productivity and avoid procrastination, as well as create a check-list of things to remember at the start of the new term.

Skills for Success in Online Courses

This workshop, in partnership with eLearning, will help students understand the design of online courses. We’ll talk about strategies that can help students stay on track, get the support they need, and navigate the online learning environment to support their success in online courses.

Writing Well: Getting Started

This workshop will help students understand the beginning of the academic writing process. We will focus on strategies for understanding assignments, planning and starting a draft.

Get More from Your Readings, Faster!

This workshop explores the research behind reading on paper versus e-reading and will introduce students to active reading strategies for different kinds of academic readings including textbooks, journal articles, and literary works whether in print or on-screen.

Midterm Madness

This workshop will help students develop and apply strategies for preparing for and taking multiple choice and other types of objective exams.

Writing Well: Communicating Your Ideas

This workshop will help students improve the writing skills needed to develop the body of academic papers. We will discuss the effective use and integration of sources as well as how to craft solid academic paragraphs.

Making Groupwork Work

Working productively in a group setting is a fundamental skill for university students. Make your next group work experience a positive one by learning some proactive strategies to deal with common difficulties that can arise when working in a group.

Writing Well: Editing Your Work

This workshop will help students develop the skills needed at the end of the writing process. It will focus on strategies for effective editing, revising, and proofreading and will include a brief discussion of stylistic considerations.

Presenting with Confidence: Planning and Preparation

This workshop introduces students to strategies for developing an effective presentation. We’ll talk about things to consider when planning a presentation including goals, organization, and the creation of visual aids.

Writing Well: Enhancing Your Style

This workshop will help students refine their academic writing by learning about the style of scholarly discourse and making an impact with citation and scholarly language.

Presenting with Confidence: Communicating Effectively

This workshop will help students practice the skills of effective oral presentation including awareness of non-verbal communication. We will also briefly talk about strategies for effective group presentations.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Getting Ready for Final Exams

This workshop helps students plan for and achieve a successful review of course content for final exams.

 

Taco Tuesday Teach-ins

Taco Teach-ins are monthly academic skills workshops at the Indigenous Student Centre. Workshops are followed by a free taco lunch, courtesy of Indigenous Initiatives. All students are welcome. No registration required.

Workshops: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. followed by tacos and drop-in time with our Senior Peer Mentor for Indigenous Students

September 24: Writing Well: Getting Started

October 22: Making Groupwork Work

November 19: Writing Well: Editing Your Work

 

Learning Plan Documentation for Academic Petitions

Students who are required to complete and submit a learning plan as part of their documentation for an academic petition can register for one of our learning plan workshops. Professional staff will assist students in completing their learning plan and they will leave the workshop with this document in hand.