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CWSC MONTHLY | June 1, 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.

WORK WITH US!

Work With Us!

The CWSC seeks current UBC graduate students to fill vacant Writing Consultant positions, from September 1, 2022 – April 21, 2023.

WRITING CONSULTATIONS

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.

WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Graduates, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

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. But how do writers persuade readers that the research gap is consequential? Participants will write or revise a section of a research article Introduction during dedicated writing time. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research article underway.

Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

This evidence-based workshop introduces researchers to two typical structures of abstracts, while accounting for differences in disciplines and purposes. Participants will write or revise an abstract during dedicated writing time. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.

Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

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. With conclusions in mind, the facilitator explores some of the organizational patterns of research articles written in English, while accounting for disciplinary norms and differences. Participants will write or revise a research article conclusion during dedicated writing time and receive feedback from the facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research article underway.

Graduates, Postdocs & Faculty

Writing in STEM: Common Academic Expressions in English

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

In this workshop, we introduce academic expressions that are commonly used in STEM research articles with authentic examples. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of common academic expressions in STEM, and be able to use them as a resource to improve their scientific writing competency.

Common Academic Expressions in English: Research Article Introductions

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

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). Participants will walk away with a better understanding of common academic expressions that facilitate effective communication in the Introduction section.

Graduates

Writing in STEM: Writing to Engage in Scholarly Conversations

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

This workshop draws on linguistic research to present a framework for navigating complex moves in writing. By understanding the various ways you can emphasize or exclude, allow for or limit other views and perspectives, you can strategically use language to persuade your reader of the validity of your research.
This workshop is the first in a series aimed at providing practical tools for writers. Participants might like to also sign up for “Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation” and “Rewriting for Clarity in Complexity.”

Writing in STEM: A Data-based Approach to Discipline-specific Writing Using Free Language-analysis software

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

This workshop unfolds in three stages: how to collect discipline-specific writing and prepare a collection – or corpus – for analysis; how to use AntConc, which is free language-analysis software, to interrogate the corpus; and the kinds of insights into discipline-specific writing that are afforded by these tools. Workshop attendees explore the results of a prepared analysis of a corpus of sub-disciplines of engineering and consider the value of transferring these methods to writing in their own fields.

Writing in STEM: Writing to Weave Your Findings into the Scholarly Conversation

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

This workshop will provide a heuristic framework for choosing and moving from the context of your study to the broader field and back again. By raising your awareness of how and when to incorporate examples and data or concepts and ideas, you can make your writing more dynamic, persuasive and successful.
This workshop is the second in a series aimed at providing practical tools for writers. Participants might like to also sign up for “Rewriting for Clarity in Complexity.”

Writing in STEM: Applying the Concepts of Appropriateness, Effectiveness, Error, and Creativity in the Drafting Process

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

In this workshop, we define and differentiate the concepts of degrees of appropriateness, effectiveness, error, and creativity with examples from research writing in STEM. The concepts are further explained in relation not only to STEM knowledge, the what of STEM writing, but also to the how: how ideas are organized and how writers position themselves. Participants are invited to bring and discuss examples of STEM writing that may be variously appropriate, effective, erroneous, and/or creative.

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

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