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CWSC MONTHLY | November 3, 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.


Speaking in the Disciplines

We are excited to share the news that the Precedents Archive for Scholarly Speaking (PASS), an open-access resources site created by Dr. Moberley Luger, has recently gone live. Funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF), PASS aims to support the learning and teaching of oral academic discourse. It features a video archive of student oral presentations from a wide range of topics and disciplines, as well as learning and teaching resources for both students and faculty to support students’ development of scholarly speaking skills.


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

September 13th, 2021 – April 14th, 2022
Monday – Friday:

10am – 6pm PT

Written Feedback Writing Consultation

September 13th, 2021 – April 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.


Undergraduates & Master's

Writing Personal Statements: Crafting Your Professional Identity

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession or discipline.

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 facilitators. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.


Writing in STEM: Evaluating Ideas Explicitly and Implicitly

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 10am – 12pm PT

STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are often perceived to be objective, yet at the same time it is necessary to describe ideas, methods, findings as accurate or inaccurate, strong or problematic, reliable or inconsistent. These forms of objective evaluation tend to follow patterns according to discipline, topic, and type of text. This workshop will present a linguistic framework for understanding the various ways we use language to position something as positive or negative, and how we grade that evaluation to more strongly or weakly emphasize it. Through an emphasis on objective forms of evaluation, and the various ways that evaluation can be expressed, the STEM student will gain strategies to make their writing both persuasive and scientifically appropriate.

Graduates & Postdoctoral Fellows

Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 10am – 12pm 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 a draft abstract during dedicated writing time and receive feedback from the 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, Balie and Lucy:


Balie (she/her) is a master’s student in the Science and Technology Studies program. She holds a degree in Arts & Sciences with a specialization in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University. Her current research interests include the history of statistics and the genealogy of objectivity as it relates to the development of capitalism and to the dominance of probabilistic reasoning in science and policy.


Lucy (she/her) is a second year PhD student in the Departments of Wood Science and Forest Resources Management in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. She holds degrees in Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Innovation. Her research interests include the social impacts of bamboo industry development and sustainability in the global bamboo value chain.

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

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