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Writing Centre Online Resource Guide

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Today at the Writing Centre

 

The Writing Centre is open for online appointments as usual. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on papers and assignments. Make an appointment today by emailing us at writingc@dal.ca!

Online Reviews and Consultations from the Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is open for both online reviews of student papers and video consultations with student writers. To request a review or consultation, please fill out the form below and send it, along with a draft of your paper (in MS Word format) and the assignment guidelines to writingc@dal.ca.

Weekly Wednesday (Synchronous) Workshops

The Writing Centre’s Weekly Wednesday Workshops are a series of synchronous sessions on a variety of important topics in academic writing. The sessions are led by experienced Writing Centre staff members and are held every Wednesday from 3-4 PM until the end of term. The sessions are free to join, and no pre-registration is required. 

Schedule of Topics
January 13: Understanding Assignment Instructions 
Making sure you follow the assignment guidelines is an essential step in successful academic writing. However, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what an assignment is asking you to do. This workshop will discuss techniques for reading and interpreting the guidelines for many common writing assignments. There is no recording of this session, but we hope to offer a similar session again in the future.

January 20: Getting Started on a Writing Assignment
This workshop will focus on brainstorming, free writing, and outlining techniques to help you get started on a new writing assignment. Click here for a recording of the session

January 27 (1-2 PM): Goal Setting and Time Mangement for Big Writing Projects
Whether you are writing a lengthy term paper, completing an honours project, or beginning work on a graduate thesis or dissertation, it can sometimes be difficult to undertake a big writing project. This seminar will provide goal setting and time management techniques to help you stay on track. This session will run from 1-2 PM. Click here for a recording of the session

February 3: Thesis Statements
A thesis statement is the most important element of an argumentative essay. Learn to develop and refine a thesis statement and how to use it to help you write the rest of your paper. Click here for a recording of the session.

February 10th: Incorporating Cited Material
All academic writers must draw on the work of others. However, it can sometimes be dificult to skillfully and appropriately incorporate material from outside sources into your own work. This workshop will introduce techniques for using the work of others while maintaining your own voice. Click here for a recording of the session. Click here for a recording of the session

February 17: NO WORKSHOP
No workshop due to Reading Week

February 24: Sentence Types
Learn about the different ways words and clauses can be joined into sentences and how to use these different kinds of sentences in your writing. This workshop will also include a discussion of active and passive constructions. Click here for a recording of the session.

March 3: Literature Reviews
A literature review attempts to summarize and analyze what scholars have written about a given topic. This workshop will discuss techniques for writing and structuring these kinds of review. Click here for a recording of the session.

March 10: Revision
Revision is the stage of the writing process where you work to make your writing make sense to your reader. Learn techniques for effective revision as well as some crucial questions to guide the process. Click here for a recording of the session.

March 17: Punctuation
Learn when to best use commas, periods, colons, and semicolons in your writing. Click here for a recording of the session.

March 24: Getting the Most from Feedback
Students sometimes don’t know what to make of the feedback they receive from their instructors, or even ignore it entirely. This workshop will help you understand the feedback you have received and how to use it to improve your future writing projects. Click here to join the session.

March 31: Reducing Wordiness
Academic writing often requires an economy of expression, stating your ideas as clearly and as simply as possible. This workshop will discuss ways of reducing wordiness and improving the clarity of your writing Click here to join the session.

April 7: Grant applications
This workshop will review the elements of a strong scholarship or grant application and discuss techniques for writing these kinds of document. Click here to join the session.

About this Guide

As a university student, you are required to write in many different forms for a variety of audiences. The most common types of writing are academic assignments, such as essays, research papers, and business or lab reports. These assignments are usually rather formal, demanding good reading and academic writing skills. They require you to research a topic and then develop a thesis (a perspective, a point of view), which is backed up with evidence from peer-reviewed resources or primary sources (e.g. a novel). In addition, there are less academic items to write, such as emails to your professors and graduate school or job applications. Each of these types of writing follows specific conventions and demands a range of writing skills.

This guide will help you with all the types of writing you need to do at university.

Everybody Writes

Whether you are an incoming first year student, a PhD candidate, a Professor, or a professional employee, everybody writes.  The following videos explore how various people approach writing and how they overcome the challenges that we all face.