Writing and Communication

Enhance your ability to write and speak with expertise, integrity, and purpose, in ways typical of your discipline, field, or program.

 Events

Title Description Date Provider
Short, sharp and to the point: communicating your research in three minutes (or less!)

To get you started on your Three Minute Thesis journey, Simon Clews will present a look at communicating academic research to audiences outside your peers and colleagues and even beyond the walls of the academy. In this keynote presentation he will talk about:

1 February 2022 - 3:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Negotiating Job Offers

Negotiation is a common part of the hiring process, and many applicants find this part intimidating. This workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of negotiating your job offer
  • Things you can negotiate, and
  • Tips and strategies for job negotiation

This session also includes an interactive part to practice job negotiation with your peers.
 

2 February 2022 - 12:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Framing Your Project in a Masterful Presentation (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help the participants develop a pitch presentation for their group.

8 February 2022 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Whys and Hows of your Research - Arts and Education

For academics, explaining the depth and complexity of your specialized research for those outside your discipline or for the general public can be challenging.  Being able to articulate your research for a broad audience is important for thriving as an academic as it can help in crafting competitive grant applications, presenting at conferences, being interviewed on the radio, or writing peer-r

8 February 2022 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why

All too often, scholarly citation is approached by students as a frustrating obstacle on the path to completing a writing assignment, rather than as an intellectual pursuit in its own right. This workshop aims to reframe that mindset by demystifying the who, what, when, where, and why of citational practices.

9 February 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Whys and Hows of your Research - STEM

For academics, explaining the depth and complexity of your specialized research for those outside your discipline or for the general public can be challenging.  Being able to articulate your research for a broad audience is important for thriving as an academic as it can help in crafting competitive grant applications, presenting at conferences, being interviewed on the radio, or writing peer-r

11 February 2022 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
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.

16 February 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Framing Your Project in a Masterful Presentation (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help the participants develop a pitch presentation for their group.

22 February 2022 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
DIY Media Support Drop-In Session

Are you working on a media project? Planning to produce video content for your course but don’t know where to start? UBC Studios is offering a drop-in media support session where professional media specialists are available to provide answers to your questions.

If you are wondering:

23 February 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
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.

2 March 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Mastering the Elevator Pitch - Boost Your Career (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help the participants actively share the draft of their Individual Develoment Plans (IDPs) with their peers. They will be afforded the opportunity to provide and receive feedback from their peers.

9 March 2022 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
Annotated Bibliographies: Synthesizing Multiple Studies

Wed, March 9, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

9 March 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resources

Unlike traditional publishing models, where marketing and promotion are completed for authors, engaging in open education activities requires some effort from practitioners in getting the word out there about their resources.

11 March 2022 - 2:00pm Library Research Commons
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?

16 March 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Framing Your Project in a Masterful Presentation (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help the participants develop a pitch presentation for their group.

18 March 2022 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
Copyright For Your Thesis

Are you in the midst of writing your thesis? Are there images or portions of published manuscripts you are planning to use in your thesis?  Do you have concerns over how copyright laws could delay your thesis submission?

In this session you will learn:

22 March 2022 - 11:00am Graduate Pathways to Success
Framing Your Project in a Masterful Presentation (Mitacs Training)

This facilitated synchronous session, offered by Mitacs Training, is designed to help the participants develop a pitch presentation for their group.

29 March 2022 - 9:30am Mitacs Training
DIY Media Support Drop-In Session

Are you working on a media project? Planning to produce video content for your course but don’t know where to start? UBC Studios is offering a drop-in media support session where professional media specialists are available to provide answers to your questions.

If you are wondering:

30 March 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Lay Summaries: Going Public With Your Research

Wed, April 6, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM See description.

6 April 2022 - 10:30am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
DIY Media Support Drop-In Session

Are you working on a media project? Planning to produce video content for your course but don’t know where to start? UBC Studios is offering a drop-in media support session where professional media specialists are available to provide answers to your questions.

If you are wondering:

27 April 2022 - 10:00am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

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 Services

Title Description Provider
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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
The Monday Motivator

This weekly email provides positive energy and a productivity tip, with concrete and actionable steps to help with your week or semester.  Sign up when registering!

Register through UBC's subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
14-Day Writing Challenge

The 14-Day Challenge is a program that will enable you to experience the skills and habits that lead to explosive writing productivity. It includes group accountability, coaching and access to the National Center for Faculty Development and DIversity's WriteNow custom software platform.. The Spring session for 2022 is March 14 - 27.

Register through UBC's subscription.  Registration ends Mar 9.

It's very simple...

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

 Resources

Title Description Provider
Dissertation Success Curriculum

The 12-week Dissertation Success online, on-demand Program is designed for doctoral candidates who are focused on finishing their dissertation. Each module includes a recorded training video and resources.

Register with the University of British Columbia's subscription to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
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)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
Science Writing Resources

Study guides, videos, and quizzes to help with Communicating Science, Finding, Integrating, and Citing Sources, Grammar and Style, Developing an Effective Writing Process, and more.  There are also resources, including podcasts, that provide strategies for teaching writing, grading assignments, using peer review, giving feedback, and more.

Science Writing Resources for Learning (ScWRL)
WriteNow, online supportive writing community

This new program ($195US), exclusively for graduate students and postdocs, offers 12 weeks (January 18 - April 11, 2021) of access to the WriteNow platform and timer for increased writing productivity, goal setting, and community support.

Future dates will be posted once available

Register through UBC's subscription.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Open Education Resources, Workshop Materials

Check out this page for handouts and materials from sessions on citation management, Data Analysis and Management, Literature Reviews, NVivo, R, GitHub, GIS, Dissertation/Thesis Formatting, Copyright, and more.

Library Research Commons
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.

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
LinkedIn Learning

All degree-seeking UBC Vancouver students have full access to LinkedIn Learning, a platform for online learning focused on technical skills and professional development, until July 2022. Develop employable skills and test out career options by accessing 16,000 short videos, audio segments and courses.

Course topics include: 

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers