Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. In addition to one-on-one consultations, the CWSC delivers writing-focused programming for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members (visit our website for availability). All CWSC workshops, programs, and services are at no cost to the UBC community.

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
Common Academic Expressions in English: Basic Functions

Did you know that 40% of language production in English is formulaic, that is, made up of common expressions? However, producing effective writing in English can be challenging for many non-native writers of English. The good news is, these formulaic expressions can be learned.

24 May 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Common Academic Expressions in English: Making Connections

One of the major challenges that academic writers encounter is making connections within the text, for example, making comparisons and drawing conclusions. Rather than counting on readers to figure out the meaning of a difficult text, academic writing requires writers to make clear connections between ideas.

31 May 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation

Literature reviews accomplish several purposes for scholars. In the introduction to a research article, research paper, or thesis chapter, for example, writers review relevant research in order to establish a research gap, problem, or need that the current study addresses. But how do writers summarize the scholarly conversation already underway and, then, join that conversation?

1 June 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Writing to Engage in Scholarly Conversations

Writing at the graduate level involves participating in ongoing debates and conversations in your field, especially through literature reviews and proposals. Engaging in this conversation requires aligning with certain perspectives while distancing yourself from others, and emphasizing certain interpretations while allowing for other perspectives.

2 June 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Research shows that academic writers of research article Introductions typically establish a research space by pointing out a research gap that the current study addresses. The Introduction offers an opportunity for writers to begin to tell the research story by articulating the gap and, then, taking their own conversational turn.

8 June 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: A Data-based Approach to Discipline-specific Writing Using Free Language-analysis software

This workshop aims to help writers in STEM research to improve their writing by supplementing their intuitions about what “sounds about right” with data-based methods for interrogating the language choices in a STEM sub-discipline and across sub-disciplines.

9 June 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Common Academic Expressions in English

Writing in the STEM disciplines can be an especially challenging task for multilingual writers who speak English as an additional language, as it requires a high level of language proficiency to effectively use the English language with the appropriate level of accuracy, precision, and conciseness.

15 June 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions

Writing an effective Introduction is not an easy task, especially for multilingual writers who speak English as an additional language. As a complement to the workshop “Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap,” this workshop introduces participants to common academic expressions characteristic of Introductions (e.g., background context, literature review, knowledge gap).

21 June 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Abstracts play a vital role in the communication of research. Studies show that abstracts are the most frequently read part of a research article, and that abstracts help researchers determine whether or not to read the entire study. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of the discipline?

22 June 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM : Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing findings into conversation with explanatory and methodological frameworks, and theoretical ideas and concepts. Presenting your specific study requires waves of meaning-making, articulating how your findings can be explained or how ideas are exemplified or illustrated by your evidence.

23 June 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Applying the Concepts of Appropriateness, Effectiveness, Error, and Creativity in the Drafting Process

Writing in STEM is never entirely original. Communications in STEM research typically comprise a foundation of established ideas and practices and a measure of fresh contributions. Exclusive attention to foundations produces a textbook, which is not research per se.

28 June 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

The research article is the most privileged form of publication in which academics present their intellectual contributions. As such, conclusions offer writers several final opportunities to engage with readers in this high-stakes writing situation.

6 July 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing Personal Statements: Crafting Your Professional Identity

The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity?

7 July 2022 - 10:30am Academic Support and Success, Career Exploration, Writing and Communication
Doctoral Tri-Council Workshop: Writing the Research Proposal

This workshop is for graduate students applying for Doctoral Tri-Council funding: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

13 July 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing in STEM: Rewriting for Clarity in Complexity

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing complex and technical ideas together, through layers of description, causation, correlation and more.

28 July 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
CGS-Master’s Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students applying for funding from the Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M) Program. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

3 August 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Doctoral Tri-Council Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

This workshop is for graduate students applying for Doctoral Tri-Council funding: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. Drawing on evidence-based research about successful grant proposals, facilitators discuss particular elements of this written academic genre: audience, purpose, knowledge gap, competence claim, structure, style, and more.

10 August 2022 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication

 Services

Title Description Theme
Writing Consultations

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of graduate student writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. Consider booking a one-on-one virtual appointment with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  

Visit their website to learn more about hours, how to prepare for, and to book, a synchronous or asynchronous writing consultation.

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Online Writing Community

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) has an Online Writing Community, Wednesdays 2pm-4pm, via Zoom. All members of UBC Vancouver are welcome. Gather for a few hours each week to write alone—together. Learn the Pomodoro technique, stay motivated, and stay connected.

Writing and Communication

 Resources

Title Description Theme
Annotated Research Articles

A series of 8 annotated research articles from across the disciplines (listed under "Academic Writing Resources" here) . The annotations point out standard features of research articles, while accounting for disciplinary difference. Technical vocabulary appears in blue italicized text with relevant definitions in floating text.

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Writing with Integrity

A short video in which Drs Susan Porter and Beth Haverkamp discuss the importance of writing with integrity (the importance of writing and contributing new knowledge and scholarship with integrity; avoiding plagiarism)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Video Guides to Writing and Research

A series of videos to introduce students to the fundamentals of academic writing and research: “Writing in Situations”, An interview with Dr. Anthony Paré plus
5 videos (“The Writing Process”, “The Prewriting Stage”, “The Writing Stage”, “The Revision Stage”, and “Managing Time to Write”) featuring conversations with 4 graduate students from Chemistry, Civil Engineering, English Literature, and Linguistics.  (Playlist)

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Annotated Abstracts

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed this series of annotated abstracts from across the disciplines as a student resource. The annotations point out standard features of abstracts, while accounting for disciplinary difference. Technical vocabulary appears in blue italicized text with relevant definitions in floating text.

Writing and Communication
Guides to Writing and Research

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication developed these resources to assist students across the disciplines and professions. These evidence-based resources describe some of the typical practices that occur in high-stakes writing situations, with a focus on academic genres: abstracts, lay summaries, literature reviews, research article introductions, and so on.

Writing and Communication
Academic Integrity, Introduction to

The “Introduction to Academic Integrity” Canvas module discusses academic integrity in the context of why it matters — as a core element of how we as scholars and professionals do our work (and live our professional lives) at UBC and beyond. The module features 4 videos with UBC faculty, librarians, and students (see 1 example below), as well as pre- and post-reflection questions for students, and takes no more than 30 minutes to complete. Once they submit their responses, students can download a certificate of completion.

Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication