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Writing Resources & Workshops

Writing Services offers free, confidential writing appointments to University of Guelph students (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral), faculty, and visiting scholars. We can help you organize and structure writing projects, provide feedback on drafts, answer questions about writing in specific disciplines or genres, and much more. Your development as a writer is an ongoing process, whether you are writing your first university paper, completing your doctoral dissertation, or writing a research article for publication.

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Resources

Our writing resources (guides, templates, and videos) are designed to help academic writers at various stages of their writing process. Some of the topics include grammar, style, citations, plagiarism, literature reviews, lab reports, and much more. This collection also includes resources to help writers in their pre-writing and revising stages because writing and research is an iterative process.

Workshops

Writing Services teaches programs and workshops that are designed to help improve your academic writing.

Academic Writing Style

Academic Writing Style is offered in the fall and winter semesters and is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, faculty, and staff. These workshops are offered in two parts; each is a 3-hour workshop designed to help participants at all levels improve their ability to write academically. Part One: Paragraphs & Sentences focuses on writing cohesive paragraphs and crafting and connecting effective sentences. Part Two: Words & Word Choice focuses on eliminating wordiness and improving clarity. 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).

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.

The Writing Room

Located in Room 113 on the first floor of the library, the Writing Room is a space designed for writers of any level to find quiet and comfort away from the busy happenings of campus. This room is equipped with six desks and is available for all faculty, visiting scholars, and students at U of G. To reserve a desk or for more information, see the Writing Room Schedule on WCOnline.

Services for faculty & instructors

Writing Services provides individualized support for faculty working on writing projects. Book a consultation with our professional staff to

  • review a grant for clarity and cohesion
  • respond to reviewers’ feedback
  • map the structure of a book proposal
  • organize sections of a chapter
  • create a realistic writing schedule
  • prepare a writing plan for a sabbatical
  • and much more

The Writing Room reserves designated times for faculty only. To reserve a desk and a regular writing time for the semester, see the Writing Room Schedule on WCOnline.

We assist instructors with incorporating writing skills and assignments into their courses. To request an in-class or departmental workshop, please complete the Workshop Request Form.

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 for faculty 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. To register for this workshop, visit the Library’s Events Calendar.

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