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Write like an Academic

What is Write like an Academic?

This program provides support in academic written communication for graduate-level students with English as an additional language (EAL). Participants are given an opportunity to improve their writing in typical graduate-student academic and professional scenarios, including:

  • Writing emails to professors and/or advisors
  • Providing written feedback to students as TAs
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Writing abstracts for academic audiences
  • Writing cover letters to potential employers
  • Organizing and writing a slide deck

This program is divided into six 2-hour workshops that run over six weeks. 

Is this program for you?

  • Are you a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or visiting scholar who speaks English as an additional language?
  • Would you like to develop your confidence and skills in academic writing?
  • Would you like a safe place to practice and develop writing strategies for a variety of academic contexts?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this program is for you!

What can you expect as a participant?

  • Participants will engage in discussions around the challenges and strategies to successfully write:

    • Emails to advisors and professors
    • Feedback to students (as TAs)
    • Paraphrases and summaries
    • Abstracts
    • Cover letters
    • Slide decks
  • Participants will engage in practice activities that will allow them to learn and practice written communication skills and strategies needed for these academic and professional scenarios.
  • Participants will brainstorm and develop language and vocabulary that can be used in these writing tasks.

Who can attend?

This program accepts registrations from any University of Guelph graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or visiting scholars with English as an additional language (EAL). We encourage participants to be willing and able to attend all six weeks of this program.

When is this program offered?

Write like an Academic is offered each Fall semester, starting in September. 

How do I register?

Register for Write like an Academic by visiting the Library Events Calendar.