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.
Check the Winter 2018 dates and times of these workshops on our events page.
Annotated bibliography using RefWorks
This workshop will provide tips and practical experience on how to write an annotated bibliography and how it can be used as part of the writing process for a literature review or thesis. Strategies for using RefWorks to assist in its creation will also be discussed. A RefWorks account and basic knowledge of/experience with RefWorks is expected. This workshop is targeted at upper-year undergraduate students and graduate students.
January 31: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Clarity in scientific writing
The best scientific writing is clear, concise and easily comprehended by its intended audience. Learn skills for writing in the sciences, including identifying and correcting common errors to write with precision and fluidity. We will work through several examples to apply the skills you learn in the workshop.
January 17: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
February 14: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Communication for the Workplace
Knowledge about email etiquette, voice mail messages, taking meeting minutes, and social media is explored to help you effectively communicate at work. Learn the strategies and techniques to be a boss communicator in the workplace.
March 1: 1-3 p.m.
Design & Deliver I: Practicing Presentation Skills
Preparing and delivering dynamic presentations takes practice. Explore how to organize your information, create powerful visual aids, and connect to your audience. Join us for fun and practice that will help take the fear out of presenting.
February 8: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Design & Deliver II: Creating Assertion Evidence Presentations
The assertion-evidence model is frequently used for academic presentations. In this workshop, we review slide design as well as presentation organization and delivery. Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can practice applying this useful model to your own work.
February 15: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to finish your thesis, dissertation, or other writing project? In this workshop, you’ll learn what writing experts have discovered about how to set up a writing schedule, avoid procrastination, and set goals in order to make consistent, sustainable progress. This workshop is only for grad students. Remember to bring a laptop, your agenda or schedule, and a writing project you are currently working on to this interactive workshop.
January 1: 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Getting published for graduate students
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.
March 21: 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Graduate literature reviews A: Organizing research
Literature reviews are a keystone of academic writing. This workshop explores using the Matrix Method to manage your literature review. Bring a laptop or mobile device so that you can begin applying this method to your own work.
February 5: 1-3 p.m.
March 22: 2-4 p.m.
Graduate literature reviews B: Writing it
You already know about the Matrix Method from Literature Review Part A and have completed one. Now in Part B, learn to situate your research within the body of existing related scholarship. Bring your completed matrix and your ideas for how best to organize and present the research so that it meshes with your own contribution to the field.
February 12: 1-3 p.m.
March 29: 2-4 p.m.
Grammar studio series
Explore the ways that words and phrases fit together. Build simple and complex sentences. Make your paragraphs shine.
This four-part summer series welcomes undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of experience to explore the mechanics of English, experiment with how its pieces fit together, and practice proofreading and editing.
- Workshop 1: Nuts and bolts: Basic grammar and sentence structure
- Workshop 2: Putting it together: Advanced grammar and sentence structure
- Workshop 3: Connecting the dots: Structure and organization
- Workshop 4: Making it shine: Conciseness and revision strategies
Because workshop 1 is foundational, it is a requirement before taking workshop 2, 3, and/or 4.
January 22, 24, 29, and 31: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Improve your lab report writing
Writing good lab reports sets you up for future success. Do you need clarification on writing descriptive results and effective discussions? Bring a hard copy of a completed lab report or one in progress for an open Q & A session and peer review.
Before this workshop, participants must review the key features of a lab report on writeonline.ca.January 11: 12:30-2 p.m.
Professionalism in your communication: How to talk to your professors
Don’t wait until you’re in the workplace. Work at being professional now! Being professional is often overlooked or forgotten while in school. Discover how to project the right professional image through knowing which mode of address and tone to use. Get heard and taken seriously now.
February 1: 1-3pm
Research statements for academic job applications
Postings for tenure-track academic positions often require a “research statement” or “statement of research interests” in addition to a CV, cover letter, and teaching dossier. In this interactive workshop you’ll learn and apply strategies for developing a compelling, cohesive research statement that is also realistic and written in an accessible style.
Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary for graduate students
Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.March 5: 1-3 p.m.
Say it in your own words: Paraphrase & summary for undergraduate students
Academic integrity requires that you paraphrase and summarize other people’s work. Through hands-on practice, you will learn these skills and how to integrate your supporting research for improved credibility.
January 30: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
March 8: 1-3 p.m.
Tri-Agency Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)
Facilitated by previous tri-agency award recipients, this workshop addresses how to plan and write the critical research proposal portions of your SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR application. Discuss the key components of research proposals. Learn how to communicate your research plan and your credentials with confidence and clarity. The workshop component will last for approximately two hours, but facilitators will remain for the final thirty minutes to answer specific questions and give brief feedback.
If you're unable to attend this workshop, you can review the slides for The Tri-Agency Scholarships workshop (PDF).
Only offered Fall term
Writing a research essay
Build a better research essay by using the Library’s resources and databases to explore a topic, develop a research question, write a thesis, and build an argument. Research-based essay planning and development will help you create a more complex argument and essay structure.
Be sure to also check out the Library's workshops, which will help you with your research.