Graduate school presents students with a unique set of challenges, including higher expectations of writing ability and productive output, but it also gives you the opportunity to take your writing to a new level. Through GradWRITE, The Writing Support Centre offers a suite of services aimed at helping graduate students in all aspects of their writing.

Please contact Janet Roukema, GradWrite Liaison - Writing Support Centre, if you would like more information.

GradWRITE Services

One-on-one Consultations
Students can make an hour-long appointment with a writing counsellor and receive feedback on drafts for coursework papers, grant and scholarship applications, thesis/dissertation components or any other writing issue.
Call 519-661-3031 or drop by Student Development Services Room 4112 (in Western Student Services Building) to make an appointment.

Graduate Writing Laboratory
Our Graduate Writing Lab is now open in Western Students Services Building, Room 4130a, just inside the Writing Support Centre. This dedicated space for graduate students has three computer stations, a resource centre and a comfortable seating area. Graduate students are welcome to use this area Monday to Thursday from 10am until 4pm. In addition, you may reserve this space for academic uses such as seminars or study groups on Fridays. We ask that when you use this space you:
  • Sign in when you arrive.
  • Respect the area as a quiet study space by entering and exiting quietly and keeping the door closed.
  • Help keep the area attractive by always taking your belongings with you and cleaning up after yourself.
  • Use the resource materials on site.

If you have questions or would like to reserve the space on a Friday, please contact Janet Roukema at extension 85950 or at We also welcome suggestions in regards to additions to our resource library or to recommend other uses for this space.

Graduate Writing Workshops
Writing lectures on a variety of topics aimed at helping you gain confidence and success in writing graduate level papers are offered September though April. The lectures are offered twice a week, with a few exceptions. Students are encouraged to bring their own writing-in-progress to these interactive workshops. You may register for all or just select workshops that interest you. Please see GradWrite Registration for specific dates and times.

Workshop Topics:

  • Acclimate: Making the most of the writing process
  • Economy of Words: Writing clearly and concisely
  • Putting your Best Foot Forward: Writing effective research proposals
  • So you've read the literature--now what?: Writing your literature review
  • Conquering your mountain: Writing your thesis or dissertation
  • KIS: Summarizing your research into an abstract
  • Beyond Nouns and Verbs: Refining your grammar skills
  • Making Your Own Bed: Editing and Proofreading
  • Be Good to Your Colon: Punctutation
  • Writing for the Outside World: Getting published

Online Resources
Workshop handouts, podcasts and other resources will be posted to this section throughout the school year.

Prospective and New Graduate Students

A. Effective Writing at the Graduate Level

B. The Writing Process

C. Grammar

Current Graduate Students

A. Academic Writing Tasks

Graduate Students Finishing Their Degrees

A. Thesis/Dissertation Writing

B. Beyond Your Degree


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