The Writing and Communication Centre offers workshops on a variety of communication-related topics throughout the term. Developed and presented by our writing and multimodal communication specialists, they are designed to help students engage with a particular topic through participation and practice. Like all of our services, workshops are free for University of Waterloo students and postdocs.

Please note that our online workshops are only available to University of Waterloo students (including Postdocs), staff, and faculty. In order to participate in one of our online workshops through the LEARN system, you must have a valid WatIAM account.


Fall 2020 Workshops

Online workshops posterTo attend one of our asynchronous workshops you will need to self-register on the LEARN community called "WCC Workshops." Workshops can be completed on your own time. We also offer live post-workshop question and answer sessions where you can come and discuss any questions you have after you have completed the workshop.  

Live Post-Workshop Q & A Sessions and Discussion Boards

Have you completed one of our workshops but you still have questions? Maybe there was information included in the workshops that you didn't quite understand, or maybe we didn't address your specific question during our workshop. Don't worry, our specialists are here to help! Each term we will host a live post-workshop Question and Answer (Q & A) session for students who have already completed the workshop and would like to discuss the content in greater detail. Can't make it to the live Q & A session? Try posting your question to the workshop discussion board! Our boards are monitored regularly by staff, and we aim to have answers back to you within 48 hours of posting.

Please note that the Live Q&A sessions are intended for students who have already completed the workshop. The Q&A facilitator can review the information from the workshop, but will not be presenting the workshop at these sessions. For the best learning experience, we encourage you to register for and attend the virtual workshop on LEARN before attending the Live Q&A session.

Workshop Accessibility 

All of our workshop materials are available in accessible formats through the LEARN website. Slide videos are captioned with open captioning, and all slides and materials are available for download and can be used with a screen reader. For any questions related to the accessibility of our workshops, please contact Meghan Ashdown at mashdown@uwaterloo.ca

Table of Fall 2020 workshops and live Q&A dates
Virtual Workshop  Post-workshop Live Q&A for students who have already completed the workshop 
Clarity in scientific writing October 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Design & deliver I: Structure and delivery September 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Design & deliver II: Designing visual support  October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Graduate literature reviews A: Organizing research September 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Graduate literature reviews B: Writing it October 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Grammar studio I: The most common grammar trouble spots September 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Grammar studio II: Advanced sentence structure and punctuation October 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Grammar studio III: Clarity at the sentence level October 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Introduction to STEM writing September 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects October 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary for graduate students September 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Say it in your own words: Paraphrase and summary for undergraduates October 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Tri-Agency scholarships – CIHR (live webinar) September 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Tri-Agency scholarships – NSERC (live webinar) September 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Tri-Agency scholarships – SSHRC (live webinar) September 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
From Big Picture to the Final Details: Revising and Editing Your Academic Paper October 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Please note that the Live Q&A sessions are intended for students who have already completed the workshop. The Q&A facilitator can review the information from the workshop, but will not be presenting the workshop at these sessions. For the best learning experience, we encourage you to register for and attend the virtual workshop on LEARN before attending the Live Q&A session.

To register for our virtual workshops:

  1. Log into the LEARN website
  2. Click on Self-Registration in the menu at the top of the LEARN homepage
  3. Scroll down to WCC Workshops and click on the link
  4. Follow the registration instructions on LEARN


Workshop Descriptions


Be sure to also check out the Library's workshops, which will help you with your research.

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