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CWSC MONTHLY | June 2, 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.

NEWS FROM THE CENTRE

The CWSC is pleased to present a new workshop, “Speaking Professionally: From Classroom to Workplace,” which has been organized in conjunction with the TLEF-awarded initiative “Speaking in the Disciplines: A ‘Precedents’ Archive for Teaching and Learning Oral Genres.” The co-presenters are Dr. Moberley Luger (English/CAP), Dr. Kari Marken (Sauder), and Liam Monaghan (CWSC). This workshop provides an evidence-based exploration of oral communication norms in typical classroom and workplace scenarios. Participants will be introduced to principles of rhetorical consciousness and preparatory strategies which can then be extrapolated to varied speaking scenarios, from classroom presentations to conference presentations and from discussion-based seminars to job interviews. The workshop is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students and for writers and speakers of English of any proficiency.

WRITING CONSULTATIONS

Undergraduate Consultations | Graduate Consultations
Two formats of online consultation are available: Video Consultation and Written Feedback. All students at UBC are invited to sign up for a peer-to-peer conversation about their writing.

Written Feedback

May 26th – August 13th, 2021
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

12am – 4pm PT

Video Consultation

May 25th – August 12th, 2021
Tuesday, Thursday:

10am – 2pm 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.

WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Undergraduate & Graduate

Personal Statements: Writing

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement and receive feedback from the facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.

Speaking Professionally: From Classroom to Workplace

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1pm – 3pm PT

This workshop provides an evidence-based exploration of oral communication norms in typical classroom and workplace scenarios. Participants will be introduced to principles of rhetorical consciousness and preparatory strategies which can then be extrapolated to varied speaking scenarios, from classroom presentations to conference presentations and from discussion-based seminars to job interviews. This workshop is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students and for writers and speakers of English of any proficiency. It has been organized in conjunction with the TLEF-awarded initiative “Speaking in the Disciplines: A ‘Precedents’ Archive for Teaching and Learning Oral Genres.”

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

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

All too often, scholarly citation is approached by undergraduates 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.

Professional Communication: From Classroom to Workplace

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

In both the classroom and the workplace, the ability to communicate professionally is a valuable skill. This is especially true today, when so many of our interactions take place digitally through print and video. This workshop applies empirical research on “real-world” classroom and workplace scenarios to teach participants how to make informed decisions about their communicative choices and represent themselves in an appropriate, professional manner.

Graduate

Graduate Writing Retreat

June 9 – 10, 2021, 10am – 4pm PT

Graduate students from across the disciplines are invited to participate in a two day Zoom-based Writing Retreat. Each morning features an evidence-based instructional talk, focusing on high-stakes, relevant academic and professional writing. Afternoon sessions feature dedicated writing time with peers, facilitated by a CWSC doctoral student. The Retreats are an excellent opportunity to mitigate social isolation, while also making progress towards the completion of writing projects in the virtual company of other graduate students.

Conclusions in Research Articles: Writing

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

With conclusions in mind, facilitators explore some of the macro-level organizational patterns of research articles written in English, for example, standard sections and section headings, while accounting for disciplinary norms and differences. Questions of interest include the following: what is the relationship between the introduction and conclusion sections of a research article? How do writers move from results to conclusions in a research article? Participants will write or revise a draft conclusion section during dedicated writing time and receive feedback from the facilitator. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a research article underway.

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

WRITING COMMUNITIES

To mitigate social isolation and maintain productivity, the CWSC invites all members of UBC’s community to gather each week to write alone—together.

UBC-Wide Writing Community

April 21 – August 18, 2021,
Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm PT

May 27 – August 12, 2021,
Thursdays, 10am – 12pm PT

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