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CWSC MONTHLY | July 6, 2022

The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) is an educational support unit at UBC Vancouver. The CWSC draws on evidence-based research to design and deliver writing-focused programming for all community members.


Undergraduate Consultations | Graduate Consultations
Two formats of online consultation are available: In Person and Written Feedback. All students at UBC are invited to sign up for a peer-to-peer conversation about their writing.

In Person Writing Consultation

May 24th, 2022 – August 11th, 2022
Tuesday, Thursday, 12pm – 4pm

Written Feedback Writing Consultation

May 25th, 2022 – August 12th, 2022
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12pm – 4pm

Postdoctoral Fellows | Faculty and Staff
Patty Kelly, Program Manager, who holds a doctorate in Writing and Discourse Studies, is available for one-on-one writing consultations with postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.


Graduates, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

Writing Personal Statements: Crafting Your Professional Identity

Thursday, July 7, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

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? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession or discipline.

This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to draft or revise a statement.


Doctoral Tri-Council Proposal: Crafting a Compelling Research Story

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

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.

The workshop includes examples of successful UBC Tri-Council proposals, opportunities for one-on-one writing consultations with doctoral peers from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, and dedicated writing time.

Writing in STEM: Rewriting for Clarity in Complexity

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

Writing at the graduate level involves bringing complex and technical ideas together, through layers of description, causation, correlation and more. Articulating this complexity in writing is difficult and requires many drafts and revisions to first elicit the core ideas and then refine them to be cohesive and comprehensive; this workshop draws on research into thesis-drafting and linguistics to share ways of understanding how to build complexity through language without overwhelming the reader. With this framework, you can better understand how to move your drafts from descriptions of discrete elements to elaborated articulations of complexity; and importantly, you’ll understand how to unpack your complexity when needed.


The CWSC works with graduate students from across the disciplines. This month we are introducing two of the peer Writing Consultants, Emma and Gideon:

Emma is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy, pursuing interdisciplinary research in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. She has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and English, a master’s degree in math, and a master’s degree in philosophy.

Gideon is a doctoral candidate at Peter A. Allard School of Law. Prior to commencing his PhD at UBC, Gideon obtained an LLM degree from the University of Saskatchewan. His broad research interests include international investment law, development, international law and the Global South. Gideon’s current research addresses the tension between three policy goals that are shared by most contemporary governments: encouraging investment, mitigating climate change and achieving sustainable development.

To learn more about all of the workshops on offer, visit our website.

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