GradWRITE Seminars


GradWRITE Seminars are designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars meet the specific demands of academic and professional writing. Our seminars cover a variety of topics to help you learn about and successfully address the expectations involved in writing theses, dissertations, manuscripts, proposals, applications, reports, abstracts, and more. Our goal is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic discipline and professional field. GradWRITE Seminars are held in Western Student Services Building room 3134 throughout the Fall and Winter terms. You may register for all seminars or select just the seminar that interests you. And, all GradWRITE Seminars are free. Download the Fall 2018 seminar schedule below.

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GradWRITE Seminars 

Winter 2019 GradWRITE Seminars Schedule  

Seminar Topics:

  • Making the most of the writing process

    Graduate students must adapt to the expectations of multiple audiences such as supervisors, committee members, publishers, grant review committees, and conference organizers. In this seminar we’ll address how to integrate writing as a practice that accompanies the ongoing development of your intellectual identity, and learn strategies such as diagramming and storyboarding to better communicate your ideas. 

  • Refining your grammar skills

    This session addresses the more prominent differences between the casual tone and syntax of spoken English and the conventions of formal academic writing. Topics covered include the role and placement of modifying words and phrases in writing, the distinction between “the” and “a/an”, as well as the correct usage of the word “which”.

  • Writing clearly and concisely

    "I'm not sure what you're trying to say." No one wants to find those comments on a chapter submission, so let us help you learn practical strategies essential to being better understood.  A must if you're a student who enjoys securing funds, getting published, or finishing grad school.  

  • Punctuation

    This session details the functions of different punctuation marks in academic writing, including the colon and semicolon, the apostrophe, and a special emphasis on the varied uses of commas. The session also provides guidelines on how to incorporate references to numbers in written form.

  • Writing your literature review

    Together, these two seemingly harmless words terrify many graduate students. In this seminar, we'll demystify lit reviews by discussing the why(s) and how to(s) and make them far less scary.    

  • Summarizing your research into an abstract

    They’re short. We all have to write them. In this seminar we’ll examine what it takes to represent your research, manuscript, thesis, dissertation, or conference paper, and your academic identity, in just a few hundred words.  

  • Writing your thesis or dissertation

    In this seminar we’ll learn how to set writing goals, find out where to find resources to demystify the process, and gain insights into the expectations of supervisors and committees.  This seminar also addresses how to be active (instead of reactive) and take ownership of your work. 

  • Editing and proofreading

    This session examines the different stages of the writing process with a specific focus on the revision stage. Strategies for identifying structural or mechanical problems in the writing are presented along with advice on such concerns as enhancing the flow of ideas in a document and avoiding the use of stilted or imprecise language. 

  • Getting published

    This seminar begins by unpacking the peer review process. We’ll address how to write to your target publication, how to incorporate citations in a manuscript, the “so what?” question, and the merits of writing for audiences beyond your discipline.

  • Writing effective research proposals

    A research proposal can determine your path through graduate studies, your potential funding, and your academic and professional future. In this seminar we’ll look at the components that make up successful research proposals.



GradWRITE Seminars are Western Co-Curricular Record approved. To get credit you must attend four seminars.

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