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CWSC MONTHLY | December 1, 2021

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.


Responsible Conduct of Research

The Scholarly Integrity Initiative recently launched the Canvas Course Foundations of Responsible Conduct of Research as a resource to support a culture of research excellence. UBC learners who take the self-paced course join a community of researchers who foster the culture of scholarly integrity at the university through actively promoting the values of honesty, accountability, openness, and fairness. Importantly, the Canvas Course includes a module on Writing with Integrity.


The last day of writing consultations this term will be December 10, 2021.
They will resume on January 17, 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

Sep13th, 2021 – Dec 10th, 2021
Monday – Friday:

10am – 6pm PT

Written Feedback Writing Consultation

Sep 13th, 2021 – Dec 10th, 2021
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.

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:


Fiana (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of English and a Killam doctoral scholar. She received her Master of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include modern and contemporary poetry, avant-garde aesthetics, affect theory, and race. Her interdisciplinary approach to writing draws on her minor academic experience in sociolinguistics and political theory.


Stanley is an LLM candidate (master’s student) at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. He holds a law degree from Nigeria. Stanley’s current thesis focuses on the corporate income tax of small businesses in developing and developed countries. His other research interests include constitutional law, human rights, dispute resolution, sustainability, financial technology and business law. Before his legal education, Stanley acquired a foundational knowledge of accounting and finance.

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

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