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Writing Services will be leading numerous workshops for students throughout the 2022 Spring and Summer terms. Visit this site regularly for updates. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are suitable for all students regardless of degree level or campus distinction. 

Registration is through the Student Success Portal.

All workshops are available through Zoom to students on all campuses. Some workshops are also being delivered in a hybrid format with an on-campus option for Waterloo and/or Brantford students.

 Current Workshops for the Spring and Summer Terms:


Structuring an Academic Paragraph

  • May 27th at 11:30am (In person, Waterloo Campus (P224), and Online via Zoom)

In this workshop, we will examine the structure of a successful university-level paragraph. Moving beyond the 5-paragraph essay structure, we will discuss best practices for writing, planning, and organizing body paragraphs, introductions, and conclusions for a variety of common assignment types.

Online Writing Group (for Master's and PhD students)
Time: Mondays, 10am-12:30pm (June 6 – July 25)
Location: Online via Zoom

Writing Services welcomes you to join a dedicated writing community to make significant progress on your major writing project. The Online Writing Group will dedicate time for graduate students at any level to make progress on their Master’s MRP, doctoral dissertation, publication, or other writing project. The Online Writing Group takes place on Mondays and will provide structured writing time for you to write using the Pomodoro technique. We will also discuss how to overcome common writing challenges and establish writing goals. You can register by emailing Dr. Elliot Worsfold at or registering on the Student Success Portal.


How to Develop Research Questions & Thesis Statements

  • June 8 at 2pm (Online via Zoom -link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the workshop)

How do scholars create innovative research questions? What makes a strong argumentative thesis? This workshop will demonstrate how undergraduate and graduate students can use their research topics to develop effective research questions and original thesis statements. We will discuss a variety of strategies students can use to locate research gaps, refine their questions, and produce thesis statements that successfully advance an argument. A Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the workshop.


Giving Feedback on Student Writing 

  • June 9th at 11am (Online via Zoom -link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the workshop)

Providing feedback on student writing is one of the most important yet labour-intensive aspects of teaching. What does effective feedback on student writing look like? In this 60-minute workshop, we will address ways of integrating writing instruction in your teaching practice, with an emphasis on providing timely, formative feedback for your student writers.


Scholarship Proposal Writing (for Master's and PhD students) 

  • June 15th at 2pm (Online via Zoom -link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the workshop)
In this 90-minute workshop, you will develop the tools to write effective scholarship proposals. Working from samples of winning graduate student proposals (from OGS, SSHRC, and NSCERC grants), we will examine common features of successful research statements, and you will learn how to apply these writing strategies in your own proposal. This workshop is targeted to Master’s and PhD students in all disciplines.


Strategies for Developing Large Writing Projects

  • June 21 at 11am (Online via Zoom -link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the workshop)

Are you writing a major research paper, Master’s thesis, or PhD dissertation? In this workshop for undergraduate and graduate students, we will share strategies for how to effectively approach large writing projects. We will discuss a range of strategies, including goal setting, outlining, and writing techniques (e.g., Pomodoro Technique and freewriting). Participants are encouraged to share their uncertainties, challenges, and successes for approaching large writing large projects. A Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the workshop.

"Let me Convince You!": Writing an Argument

  • June 22 at 2pm (Online via Zoom)
Communicating a solid argument is a valuable tool in nearly all Academic writing. In this workshop, learn how to identify and utilize the best possible means of persuasion for your audience, even those pesky naysayers!

Previous Workshops:

Start with Success: Transitioning to University-Level Writing
Foundations of Strong Papers: Thesis Statements
Structuring an Academic Paragraph 
Grammar, Getting to Know: Sentence Structure
What I'm Saying Is...: Reflective Writing
Did They Get it Right?: Book and Article Review
Getting to Know Grammar.!?: Punctuation
To Sum Up: Writing Strong Summaries
Crafting Strong Essay Outlines
Selecting Your Way to Success: Annotated Bibliographies
Tying it All Together: Writing Literature Reviews
Almost There: Approaching In-Class and Exam Essays
Transitioning to University-Level Writing - Suitable for only undergraduate students
The Fundamentals of Grammar
Engaging with Sources in your Writing
Your Ideal Writing Process 




All ASPIRE writing workshops for the 2021-2022 academic year will be conducted online via Zoom and are open to students on both campuses. Registration is through the Student Success Portal.


 Previous Workshops:

Engaging With Sources in Your Writing
Writing Clearly and Concisely
Developing Your Writing Process
Writing Literature Reviews
Grammar Tune-Up
Strategies for Approaching Large Writing Projects

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.

Scholarship Proposal Writing Workshops are offered exclusively in fall terms.


The Writing Certificate, run by Writing Services, has students participate in individual sessions to systematically develop effecting skills in academic writing. You are eligible to receive the Writing Certificate if you have attended and completed at least two writing workshops and two writing appointments during your studies at Laurier.

If you would like to register for a writing workshop and/or book a writing appointment you can do so at our Student Success Portal

If you have any questions, you can contact Writing Services 

Available in Waterloo and Brantford.