Thesis Boot Camp

Date & Time

Thursday, 26 July 2018
10:00 to 16:00


Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Registration Closed / Past Event


Feeling unmotivated to work on your thesis or other academic writing? Are you the only one you know in the midst of writing? Need a kick start to get your writing going? Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) are hosting a thesis boot camp to help.

Benefits of participating include:

  • Attendance at the opening panel, where graduate students talk about their experience with and approaches to writing their theses
  • Tips from CWSC peer writing consultants for writing and managing your schedule as you work on your thesis
  • Strategies for using a genre approach in your writing
  • Time and a quiet space to work, uninterrupted, on your project
  • A peer writing consultant from the CWSC available during writing time to answer questions
  • The opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from across campus
  • Coffee!

Tentative Schedule

The finalized schedule will be updated closer to the event.

  • 10:00 – 11:00   Grad Panel with Q&A (facilitated by Patty Kelly)
  • 11:00 – 12:30   Writing Session
  • 12:30 – 13:15   Brown Bag Lunch (please bring your own)
  • 13:15 – 13:45   Academic Writing Habits & Strategies (panel facilitated by Jacqui Brinkman)
  • 13:45 – 15:45   Writing Session
  • 15:45 – 16:00   Wrap-up


Grad Panel

  • Catherine Kirkness (MA, English): MEd (Counselling Psychology)
  • Kylie Young: MA (History)
  • Erin Guntly: PhD (Linguistics)


Patty A. Kelly is the Program Manager for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. Patty received her PhD in English (SFU, 2013), with a specialty in rhetoric and writing. Her approach to teaching scholarly communication comes from rhetorical genre theory and writing-in-the-disciplines pedagogy. Patty collaborates with the campus community to deliver writing services and programs that enhance scholarly communication for all UBC members.

ONSITE Writing Consultant

Erin Guntly is finished her PhD in Linguistics with a plan to defend in the fall. For the past 10 months she has been a writing consultant in the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. She works primarily with graduate students from all disciplines, including Engineering, Chemistry, Law, Health Sciences, Music, and Journalism. Erin’s excited to learn about students’ work while helping them strengthen their work.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, July 9th at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.