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

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Writing with Integrity

Communicating your research and ideas effectively and ethically requires being accurate, objective, honest, and clear. This means understanding the writing conventions of your academic discipline and being attuned to and adept at all practices that ensure those objectives are met. This interactive workshop will:

21 January 2020 - 2:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success
Storytelling for Change

Participants will look at the role that stories play in social change work and will learn about the power of stories as tools for connection and reflection. Participants will learn how to develop and tell their own stories, as a strategy to move people to action.

Learning Objectives:

14 February 2020 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Practice your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

31 January 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Literature Reviews: Writing

Fri, January 24, 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.

24 January 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Literature Reviews: Writing

Fri, January 24, 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.

24 January 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Getting your Research in the Press (and quoted correctly)

Workshop (9:30 – 11:30 am):

Do you want to see your work in the news? Do you have something to say about the stories you read in the newspaper, hear on the radio, or see on television?

This session will help you learn how to make your ideas and research accessible to a general audience, and provide you with simple tools to get your messages across effectively and efficiently.

10 February 2020 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Business Writing for Today's Profesional

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

5 March 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Building Effective Supervisory Relationships

Have you ever wondered about strategies you can use to build strong relationships with your supervisor? Have you thought about ways of avoiding conflicts or managing them? If that is the case, this is the workshop for you!

24 January 2020 - 9:30am Graduate Pathways to Success
Build your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.

5 February 2020 - 9:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs Training
Abstracts: Writing

Fri, January 17, 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.

17 January 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Abstracts: Writing

Fri, January 17, 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.

17 January 2020 - 10:00am Centre for Writing and Scholarly 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 Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

 Services

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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.

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 an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. The Spring session is March 23rd - April 5th.  Register by March 19th, 2020.

It's very simple:

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

 Resources

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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)

Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Pathways to Success
Writing Strategic Business Reports (online course)

In this online, on-demand course you will learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.  Learn to:

  • Tailor a report for its intended function and audience
  • How to make a positive impression with the readers

Register

Mitacs Training
Writing Effective Emails (online course)

In this online, on-demand course, you will gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse your email etiquette. Learn how to:

  • Draft concise emails with clear information and direction
  • Use email appropriately within the work environment

Register

Mitacs Training
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)
Dissertation Success Curriculum

The 12-week Dissertation Success 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

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Cross-Cultural Team Communications (online course)

This online course is available on-demand. Navigating, contributing and building effective teams may be the single most important skill that spans disciplines and industries in our current and diverse workplaces. Learn tools and techniques to build your awareness of multicultural team performance, navigate workplace cultural communication, and use effective conversations to deal with conflict in international and multicultural team settings.

Register

 

 

    Mitacs Training
    Communicating your Research (online course)

    This short online course highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis:

    1.     Presentation skills;
    2.     Writing skills; and
    3.     Poster creation

    Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.

    Register

    Mitacs Training
    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.

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