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CWSC MONTHLY | January 26, 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.


New workshop: Common Academic Expressions in English

The CWSC is excited to announce our new workshop: Common Academic Expressions in English, designed for students who speak English as an additional language and hope to further improve their academic writing skills.

Dr. Xuan ZhangThis workshop will be delivered by Dr. Xuan Zhang. As a multilingual writer herself, Dr. Zhang shares many common issues and challenges that non-native English speakers face with English academic writing, including finding the appropriate academic expressions to use. Having a large repertoire of these readily-made expressions greatly improve writing fluency, as it relieves the cognitive load in retrieving them from memory during the writing process. In her doctoral research, Dr. Zhang studied the roles of academic language features on writing quality, and revealed the differences the way they are used between native and non-native writers of English. Drawing on empirical research in applied linguistics and second language acquisition, Dr. Zhang designed this workshop and hopes to introduce students to the common academic expressions that facilitate effective academic writing.


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

Paused until classes are back in person.

Written Feedback Writing Consultation

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

10am – 6pm 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.


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

Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm 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 and receive feedback from the facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research article underway.

Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm 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.


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


Steven is a master’s student in the Creative Writing department. He’s an international student who worked for many years in the film and television industry in South Africa, and came to UBC specifically to do his Masters. His previous degrees include a BA in Theatre and Performance majoring in Theatre Making as well as an LLB. Steven is passionate about story, and the hidden design structures that lie within.


Frances is a master’s student in the Faculty of Information, pursuing her degree in Library and Information Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio, USA. While at Oberlin, Frances worked as a Writing and Speaking Associate for two years, then as the Writing Associate Fellow upon graduation. She specializes in academic writing for the humanities and social sciences.

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

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