Apart from Grad Navigate, we offer a selection of writing workshops and “bootcamps” for PhD students working on their dissertations. Please note that these workshops are provided as a special service and time spent in these workshops will not count toward TA training hours unless otherwise specified.

PhD Writing Workshops, Retreats, and Bootcamps

  • March 23: Gamestorm your research space 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (TB 506). Register here.
    • Help clarify ideas or work through blocks in your thinking, research, and writing. Note: this “gamestorming” workshop is highly interactive, so come prepared to participate and have fun! PhD students only.
  • April 6: Navigating Obstacles and Feedback 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (TB 506). Register here.
    • By the end of this workshop, students will have some strategies for beginning their writing, navigating one major writing challenge (i.e. the inner critic), and tools for asking for and receiving feedback.

Past workshops (this term):

  • February 2: Gamestorm your research space 9:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. (481 ML). Register here.
    • Help clarify ideas or work through blocks in your thinking, research, and writing. Note: This “gamestorming” workshop is highly interactive, so come prepared to participate and have fun! PhD students only.
  • February 6: Gotta Write?! 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (481 ML). Register here.
    • Topics include Managing the Inner Critic, Making the Most of Feedback and Peer Review and At First I Was Stuck But Now I Am Not: Crappy First Drafts. Note: Students who are interested in participating in the AcWriTreat are asked to sign up for this foundational workshop. PhD students only.
  • February 6 – 9: AcWriTreat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (481 ML). Register here.
    • AcWri is short for academic writing, and this retreat is a sheltered space in which you can write and discuss a piece of your writing with peers. The focus of these sessions is to provide a mixture of space and activities designed to support you toward your writing goals. You will be expected to come prepared to participate and write. If you have a particular goal or intention for the WriTreat, you are encouraged to share it with the facilitator when you register.
  • February 21 – 24: Reading Week PhD Writing Boot Camp 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (506 Tory Building). Register here.
    • Come to the boot camps prepared to write! Space will be provided for students to focus on their writing. Each day will begin with goal setting, and culminate in an applause round. Ample time is provided for writing in a supportive and focused environment. Appropriate for any stages of writing. PhD students only.
  • March 10: Navigating Obstacles and Feedback 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (TB 506). Register here.
    • By the end of this workshop, students will have some strategies for beginning their writing, navigating one major writing challenge (i.e. the inner critic), and tools for asking for and receiving feedback.
  • March 10: PhD Writing Cafe 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (TB 506). Register here.
    • Students will be given time to write in timed writing units and network with other students during timed breaks. Students are  expected to come prepared with the tools (e.g., laptops, books, etc.) they need to work on their individual projects. A supportive writing coach will be on site to provide limited one-on-one coaching and facilitate the writing units.
  • March 13: PhD Writing Cafe 2 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (TB 506). Register here.
    • Students will be given time to write in timed writing units and network with other students during timed breaks. Students are  expected to come prepared with the tools (e.g., laptops, books, etc.) they need to work on their individual projects. A supportive writing coach will be on site to provide limited one-on-one coaching and facilitate the writing units.

ESL Writing Workshops for International Graduate Students

Are you an international graduate student looking for help with academic writing?

During READING WEEK from Tuesday, Feb 21 to Friday, Feb 24, 2017, the International TA Mentor will host a series of free-to-attend writing workshops for international graduate students!

Sessions will be each morning from 10AM – 12 NOON in PA 240 (Patterson Hall, room 240).*

The goal of these workshops is to provide very hands-on, practical instruction for international grad students by addressing sentence-level concerns in writing. These workshops are a part of the Educational Development Centre’s continued support of international graduate students. Workshop topics include:

  • Tuesday, Feb 21: Writing as a process w/ Matthew Falconer
  • Wednesday, Feb 22: Grammar lessons w/ Olga Makinina
  • Thursday, Feb 23: Editing strategies w/ Matthew Falconer
  • Friday, Feb 24: Peer review [attendees bring in their own work & get feedback]

To register, please email the ITA Mentor & workshop coordinator, Matthew Falconer: matthew.falconer@carleton.ca

Space is limited. Max enrollment is 15.

  • Priority will be given to those committed to attending all 4 sessions. Others unable to commit to all sessions will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted prior to the workshops to confirm.
  • Priority will also be given to intl. grad students; however, other ESL writers may still be eligible to attend these workshops.

Have a question about these workshops or whether you can attend? Feel free to email Matthew Falconer at matthew.falconer@carleton.ca. If applicable, please explain your situation.

*Please note: The workshops are provided as a special service dedicated to helping you develop your academic writing abilities. They are not a part of Grad Navigate or the ITA Mentor’s TA Training Workshop Series and hours spent in these writing workshops are not counted towards a TA’s paid pedagogical training hours.