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CWSC MONTHLY | January 5, 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.


Written Feedback consultations will resume on January 17, 2022, In Person consultations will resume on January 24, 2022, and will be available to book starting January 4, 2022.

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 Consultations take place in the Writing Room on the third floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). We ask you to appear at the Writing Room no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.

In Person Writing Consultation

Jan 24th, 2022 – Apr 14th, 2022
Monday – Friday:

10am – 6pm PT

Written Feedback Writing Consultation

Jan 17th, 2022 – Apr 14th, 2022
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

10am – 4pm PT

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.



The MURC Abstract: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Monday, January 10, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 11am – 1pm PT

Conference abstracts play a vital role in the communication of scholarly research. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of their discipline, and, importantly, to researchers in other disciplines? This workshop introduces undergraduate researchers to the typical structure of the scientific abstract across disciplines, while accounting for disciplinary differences and community norms. During the workshop, participants will write or revise a draft of their MURC abstract, and receive feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants.


Given that classes are remote until January 24, this workshop is now available both in person and on Zoom. All registrants receive the Zoom link the day before the workshop.

Undergraduate & Master's

Citing to Communicate: Who, What, When, Where, Why

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm PT

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. No matter the citation style they are being asked to engage with, participants will come away from this workshop with a greater understanding of the purpose behind citation, as well as a pragmatic conception of how to apply that understanding in their own academic writing. The workshop is designed for undergraduate and master’s students at any level.

Doctoral, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

Literature Reviews: Mapping the Scholarly Conversation

Wednesday, January 26, 2021, 10:30am – 12:30pm PT

Literature reviews accomplish several purposes for scholars. In the introduction to a research article or thesis chapter, for example, writers review relevant research in order to establish a research gap that the current study addresses. But how do writers summarize the scholarly conversation already underway and, then, join that conversation?

This workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of the literature review in research article introductions and theses, while accounting for variation in communicative purposes, audiences, and disciplinary differences. Participants will write or revise a draft section of a literature review during dedicated writing time and receive feedback from facilitator and peers. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.


The CWSC works with 14 graduate students from across the disciplines. This month we are introducing two of the peer Writing Consultants, Fiana and Stanley:


Bibiana is a 2nd year master’s student and SHHRC award holder in UBC’s Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program. Her research focuses on studying the sexual health of prostate cancer survivors and implementing this sexual heath knowledge in a medical clinic. Bibiana’s research has an interdisciplinary reach: she specializes in academic writing for biological sciences, medicine, psychology, and sociology.


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.

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

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