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CWSC MONTHLY | March 2, 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 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

February 7th, 2022 – April 13th, 2022
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am – 6pm

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 & Graduate

Annotated Bibliographies: Synthesizing Multiple Studies

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

This evidence-based workshop introduces researchers to the typical structure of an annotated bibliography, while accounting for variations in purpose. Typically, the annotations synthesize multiple studies, help develop a discussion of the current field, and help identify a potential knowledge contribution. Research shows that annotated bibliographies across disciplines typically consist of 3 parts: the full bibliographic citation; a relevant academic summary; a critical evaluation. But how do authors determine relevance? What does it mean to write critical annotations?

The workshop facilitator draws on research to address these questions, while discussing this text as a type of literature survey with its own distinct patterns of organization. Participants will write or revise an annotated bibliography entry and receive feedback from the workshop facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with an annotated bibliography underway.

Undergraduate, Graduate, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

Common Academic Expressions in English

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

Did you know that 40% of language production in English is formulaic, that is, made up of common expressions? However, producing effective writing in English can be challenging for many non-native writers of English. The good news is, these formulaic expressions can be learned.

This workshop is designed for those who speak English as an additional language. Based on empirical research on second language acquisition, participants are introduced to common expressions that perform a variety of functions in academic English (e.g., introducing a new topic or referencing previous information).

Participants will walk away from the workshop with a better understanding of how to use common academic English expressions in their writing, as well as the motivation and confidence to develop a larger repertoire of these expressions to further improve their academic English writing skills.

Graduate, Postdocs, Faculty & Staff

Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 10:30am – 12:00pm PT

Abstracts play a vital role in the communication of research. Studies show that abstracts are the most frequently read part of a research article, and that abstracts help researchers determine whether or not to read the entire study. But how do writers communicate the relevance and legitimacy of their research to members of the discipline?

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 and receive feedback from the workshop facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research project underway.

Research Article Introductions: Mind the Gap

Wednesday, March 30, 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 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, Kate and Gideon:


Kate is a first-year master’s student in the Department of English Language & Literature, specializing in English Language & Rhetoric. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University. Her research is focused on second language writing within the realm of ESL instruction and university ESL students.


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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