Writing Programs and Teaching Support

Teaching Support

We provide workshops, customized assignment resources, and advice about writing assignment design and assessment. For more information,  email library@uoguelph.ca.

To request an in-class or departmental workshop, please complete the Workshop Request Form

The Writing Room in the McLaughlin Library

The Library has reserved a quiet room for writers to work independently on their writing projects. All students, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff can book a writing desk for 1- 4 hours with no daily limit. Room 133  is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm with specific times reserved for faculty and staff only. Reserve your desk online.

Workshops & Programs

Academic Writing Style

Academic Writing Style is a 3-hour workshop designed to help students at all levels focus on cohesion, wordiness, and clarity to improve their ability to write academically. This workshop is offered in the fall and winter. To register for this workshop, visit the Library’s Events Calendar.

Brain Food

Brain Food is a series of workshops which teach graduate students effective ways to approach their research, writing, and data analysis. Undergraduate students who are writing an Undergraduate Honours Thesis may also attend.

Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation Boot Camp is a one-week program designed to help graduate students develop effective writing skills and habits to help them finish their theses or dissertations in a timely manner.

English Language Support

Visit English Language Support to view programs designed specifically for degree-level students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff with English as an additional language (EAL).

Faculty Writing Retreat

The Faculty Writing Retreat is offered each summer; this week-long retreat is designed for University of Guelph faculty working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles.

Toward a Pedagogy of Effective Thesis and Dissertation Feedback Processes

This workshop draws on research from writing studies and the scholarship of teaching and learning to discuss effective approaches to mentoring and supporting graduate studies via feedback on their thesis and dissertation projects. This workshop is a collaboration between Writing Services and the Office of Teaching and Learning and is offered in the fall, winter, and spring semesters for faculty. To register for this workshop, visit the Library’s Events Calendar.

Writing Tune-Up

Writing Tune-up is a two-day program providing grammar instruction each semester for all levels of writers. This workshop is excellent both for improving your own writing skills and for providing more effective feedback on your students’ writing as TAs or faculty. Participants can attend one day or attend both. Writing Tune-up is offered in the fall, winter, and summer. To register for this workshop, visit the Library’s Events Calendar.

Writing in the Sciences

Writing in the Sciences is a workshop series designed to help graduate students improve their scientific writing skills. Students can attend one session or attend them all. Writing in the Sciences is offered in the fall and winter. To register for this workshop, visit the Library’s Events Calendar.

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop is one day of free, interactive workshops, open to the public, which provide opportunities to learn about topics ranging from creative fiction and non-fiction, academic writing, social media, therapeutic writing, self-editing, and publishing.