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
Lay Summaries: Writing

Fri, January 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. In 2017, UBC added a lay summary requirement to all theses and dissertations, and more and more academic journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences?

31 January 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Lay Summaries: Writing

Fri, January 31, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. In 2017, UBC added a lay summary requirement to all theses and dissertations, and more and more academic journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences?

31 January 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Research Skills
Master's Writing Retreat

Fri, February 7, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. Master’s students from across the disciplines are invited to participate in a daylong writing retreat in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

7 February 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Annotated Bibliographies: Writing

Fri, February 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. This workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of an annotated bibliography, while accounting for variations in purpose. Typically, the annotations synthesize multiple studies, help develop a discussion of the current field, and help identify a potential knowledge contribution.

14 February 2020 - 10:00am Writing and Communication
Doctoral Writing Retreat

Fri, March 6, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM See description. Doctoral students from across the disciplines are invited to participate in a daylong writing retreat in the beautiful historic core of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

6 March 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Writing

Fri, March 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Increasingly, faculty positions in both research and teaching streams require a statement of teaching philosophy as one component of a teaching portfolio or dossier. Teaching statements reflect personal beliefs about teaching and learning, but also reflect disciplinary cultures and institutional structures in a particular context.

13 March 2020 - 10:00am Teaching Development, Writing and Communication
Abstracts: Writing

Fri, March 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Thesis, dissertation, and research article 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.

13 March 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Personal Statements: Writing

Fri, March 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. 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?

20 March 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Lay Summaries: Writing

Fri, March 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. In 2017, UBC added a lay summary requirement to all theses and dissertations, and more and more academic journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do experts communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences?

20 March 2020 - 10:00am Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Literature Reviews: Writing

Fri, March 27, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See description. Thesis and research article literature reviews accomplish several purposes for scholars. In the introduction, for example, writers review relevant research in order to establish a research gap or knowledge deficit that the current study addresses.

27 March 2020 - 10:00am Research Skills, Writing and Communication
Writing in the STEM Disciplines

Fri, April 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM See description. This workshop introduces researchers to the typical organizational structure of a research article in the STEM disciplines, while accounting for variation in disciplinary differences.

3 April 2020 - 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 appointment with a peer writing consultant to support your writing projects.  Consultations take place in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Koerner Library. Visit their website to learn more about hours, how to prepare for, and to book, a writing consultation.

The Centre is located on level 3 of the IKBLC.    Email cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

Academic Support and Success, 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 scholarlarship 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