GCAC has moved online! Workshops, courses, and writing support June 2020

In keeping with the extraordinary circumstances with which we are all currently coping, the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has moved online; while the venue may have changed, one thing that won’t is our commitment to providing support to U of T grad students.  Join us in our virtual classrooms as we offer guidance on how to improve your academic writing and speaking skills!  Below you’ll find information on what we’ll be offering in June. 


Join us for sessions in which you’ll learn about specific aspects of academic communication. Just click the titles below for workshop descriptions and registration details. Once you register, you’ll receive a link to join a live workshop at its scheduled time and/or a link to view a prerecorded workshop video.  Below is a list of what’s coming up in June, as well as what’s currently available:

Live Workshops

Tues. June 2, 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman
Thurs. June 4, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Making the Most of Oral Presentations by Ostap Soroka
Mon. June 8, 1:00 – 2:30 PM: Improving the Flow of Your Writing by Lina Balsamo
Tues. June 9, 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Diagramming Strategies for Clarifying Your Thinking   Before You Write by Dr. Jane Freeman
Mon. June 15, 1:00 – 2:30 PM: Making Claims with Confidence and Accuracy by Lina Balsamo
Tues. June 16, 9:30 – 11:00 AM: Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Wed. June 17, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Understanding and Applying Email Etiquette by Clare Nippard
Mon. June 22, 1:00 – 2:30 PM: Writing Concisely for Abstracts and Short Documents by Lina Balsamo
Wed. June 24, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Building Confidence and Competence in Online Academic Meetings by Clare Nippard

Prerecorded Workshops

Available June 8: Preparing Poster Presentations by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Available June 15: Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Available June 22: Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini

Currently Available

Becoming a Productive Writer with Dr. Rachael Cayley
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities with Dr. Peter Grav
The Craft of Revision with Dr. Rachael Cayley
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences with Dr. Peter Grav

GCAC Writing Centre

The GCAC Writing Centre is now offering online individualized one-on-one synchronous writing support through appointments booked though our website. During these appointments, you’ll meet with a writing consultant, who will work with you using audio/video, chat and a document-sharing whiteboard area. Full details on how to book an appointment are on our website.

GCAC Boot Camp for Research Article Writers June 22-23

Why a Writing Boot Camp?

Making progress on a research article and getting it published is a priority for graduate students but finding productive writing time is often a challenge. Most of us have been in the position of having completed our research and then feeling the need to get it down on paper but dedicating uninterrupted time for writing is often challenging. This GCAC Boot Camp will be our first virtual one, but it will still offer a chance to step away from your routines and focus exclusively on writing for two days.

What is a Writing Boot Camp?

Each of the two mornings of the Research Article Boot Camp, we’ll gather online to talk about writing and productivity challenges and strategies. We’ll then move into 3 dedicated blocks of writing time over the course of each day, interrupted only for a lunch break, a 30-minute afternoon lecture on aspects of academic writing and a day-ending discussion. You’ll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch break excepted!) and to try and set aside other demands on your time for two days, giving you the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. Full details on how to register for the Boot Camp will be posted on our website in early June.  Space is limited, and priority will be given to first-time Boot Campers.

#GCACwrites: Something New to Help you with your Writing

During this time of physical isolation, GCAC would like you to come and write with us! We’ll be having two Twitter Write Along sessions each week in June: Mondays, 2:00-4:00 and Thursdays, 10:00-12:00. Please feel free to join @UofTGCAC by using the hashtag #GCACWrites. These sessions will be hosted by Rachael Cayley, who will also be available to answer your writing questions. All you need to do is join us on Twitter with the hashtag. We’ll find out who is joining us and we’ll set our writing goals before writing for two hours, in 30 minute blocks. Once our two hours are up, Rachael will be happy to answer any questions about graduate writing. 

Up to date information about what’s on at GCAC can always be found on our website

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