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Welcome to the Writing and Communication Centre.
The University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre is a hub of communication and writing practice, support, and research on campus. Communication is part of all academic and professional activities, and we offer a welcoming space to discuss, explore, plan, and implement feedback and strategies.
Whether you’re designing a presentation, building your ePortfolio, writing a report, or presenting at a conference, we work with you at every stage of the communication design process. Our sessions are collaborative and open. As the writer, your voice and ideas come first. Think of us as your partners in communication. We’re here to listen, discuss, and help you develop your academic and professional voice.
- June 23, 2017
The application form for ELPE proctors for September 2017 is now available. Check out the job description and link to the online application form.
- May 18, 2017
Please note that we will be closed on May 22 2017 as it is Victoria Day.
- Apr. 7, 2017
The Writing Centre has changed to the Writing and Communication Centre following Board of Governors approval earlier this week.
The Centre’s new name reflects its growth over the past few years, including new roles and expanded programming that better meet the diverse needs of students, postdocs, and faculty in changing communication contexts. In addition to writing, the Centre now provides coaching and support for a range of communication activities, from digital design to presentation skills.
- July 26, 2017
This workshop offers graduate students an introduction to the world of academic publishing. You will learn about the steps in the publication process, including revising course work before submitting it to journals, communicating effectively with journal editors, and handling comments from reviewers.
Register for the workshop through WCONLINE.
- July 26, 2017
Every Wednesday afternoon, we offer a dedicated writing space (with coffee, tea, and treats!) for faculty to write together. After the writing session you are welcome to stay to discuss writing goals, challenges and strategies with your colleagues.
Faculty Writing Café: Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in SCH 228F
- July 28, 2017
Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!
Fridays 9 – 12 p.m., SCH 228F
- July 20, 2017
Essay exams often test you on the big picture concepts of a course. The idea of writing an essay in one sitting, especially without knowing the question in advance, may seem like an impossible task. Preparing for these exams may seem intimidating; however, essay exams can become a bit more bearable with some good preparation.
- July 12, 2017
Almost everyone gets nervous before they have to speak in public. It’s natural and common, but can actually be a positive thing. Public speaking is an important part of many careers and professions, and being an effective public speaking is a huge asset to have. Whether you are speaking in front of an audience of 300 or speaking in front of a board or committee of 10 people, effective public communication skills are essential to getting ahead professionally. First and foremost, you must understand that nerves are okay; it’s your body telling you that something is at stake.
- July 5, 2017
“I’ll do it later” seems to be one of the most common phrases we say and it seems to be the most common phrase when it shouldn't be. Procrastination is one of those habits that the majority of us just can’t seem to beat. It hits everyone at some point, but can be much more difficult to shake for some people. Except, even our most productive students or colleagues face the same feelings of procrastination; however, they know how to beat it.