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Workshops

Many of our writing workshops are eligible for the Laurier Experience Record (formerly known as the Co-Curricular Record/CCR). For more information on eligible workshops, contact the Student Success  office in Waterloo or Writing and Study Skills Services in Brantford.

Writing Services offers regular workshops and workshop series throughout the year to help students, both undergraduate and graduate, improve their writing.
Topics have included:

  • grammar
  • core elements of academic writing
  • writing for English-language learners

Writing Circle: Make Progress With Your Writing Assignments

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Do you want to make progress with your writing assignments? 

Writing Services is hosting a weekly Writing Circle to help keep you motivated, focused and on track with your writing. No registration is required. Simply show up and be ready to write!

Light snacks will be served. Please note that attendance will be limited to 20 students per session.

Writing Services tutors will facilitate these sessions and will be able to help you with any writing questions.

Stay tuned for the return of the Writing Cirlce in Fall Term 2019.

Scholarship Writing Workshop Series

Stay tuned for fall 2019 dates.

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. Students are able to attend any of the open sessions listed above.

In addition to the workshops, consider also 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, Spring 2019

Workshops are provided weekly on Tuesdays through the spring term. Students can choose the 10 a.m. or the 4 p.m. workshop time. 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 – March 2020) can request acknowledgement of participation on the Laurier Experience Record.

Questions? Email us: lbwritelearn@wlu.ca

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.
  • Tuesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

Midterm Madness

This workshop will help students develop and apply strategies for preparing for and taking multiple choice and other types of objective exams.
  • Tuesday, June 4 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, July 2 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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.

  • Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.

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. 
  • Tuesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.