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.
Most of our Spring 2020 workshops will be available on LEARN beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Graduate Literature Reviews A and B will be available on LEARN on June 22, 2020. To participate, self-register on the LEARN community called "WCC Workshops." Workshops can be completed on your own time and will be accompanied by live question and answer sessions that have been scheduled throughout the second half of the term.
Please note that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All 2020-2021 Workshops
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.
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.
Preparing and delivering dynamic presentations takes practice. Explore how to organize your information in an engaging way so you can connect with your audience. Join us for practice and fun to help take the fear out of presenting.
Your slide design has significant impact on how your audience responds to your presentation. Come learn the principles of good slide design and then practice making various types of slides. Bring a laptop or tablet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the ways that words and phrases fit together. Build simple and complex sentences. Learn how to spot your own mistakes. Make your writing flow.
This three-part 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: The most common grammar trouble spots
- Workshop 2: Sentence structure and punctuation
- Workshop 3: Clarity at the sentence level
**These three workshops build on each other. For best results, we recommend taking them in order.**
Effectively communicating your research findings is an important skill that crosses disciplines. Learn the basic structure and organization of a lab report and how these create the building blocks for writing a successful research-based thesis. In this workshop we will review how to write: clear research objectives and methodologies, descriptive results, and effective discussions. This workshop is for students who have no prior experience with writing lab-reports, and students who want to refine their writing skills in order to prepare for a research-based thesis. Feel free to bring a hard copy of a completed lab report, or one in progress, for an open Q & A session at the end of the workshop.
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.
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.
Registration available through the Centre for Career Action
Academic communication is a conversation between you and other researchers. To have that conversation, you need to paraphrase and summarize other people’s research. Through hands-on practice, you will learn how to integrate others' research into your own work.
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.
Being the writer and editor of your work can result in difficult challenges. Through in-depth teaching you will develop strategies for revising your work, for applying correctness to your own writing, and to ensure that your writing contains a sense of clarity in addition to conciseness.
The assertion-evidence model is commonly used in academic and conference presentations to support results and other important messages with visual evidence. In this workshop you will learn how to organize your presentation to enhance audience understanding and project confidence on its delivery.
Bring a laptop or tablet with presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides, Apple Keynote, etc.) to practice applying this model to your own work.
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).
Be sure to also check out the Library's workshops, which will help you with your research.