Register now: New workshops and courses from GCAC

Below you’ll find information on the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication’s synchronous and asynchronous workshops in March, including a new collaborative workshop series, as well as information on which courses still have space for registrations for our next round of course offerings beginning early March. All GCAC offerings will remain online until the end of April.


During March, GCAC will offer the following live online workshops, including a new workshop series. These workshops require you to register in advance, which you can do by clicking on the links below. Please note, these workshops will be offered live and will not be recorded:


Not all writing challenges are about writing. As a graduate student, you write with a multifaceted life, and life circumstances can impact your writing in ways not always captured by the compartmentalized nature of the university. This workshop series addresses writing issues from a collaborative perspective by bringing experts from different areas of graduate support into conversation. Each session in the series encourages you to reflect on the intersection of your writing process and another element of your graduate life: organizing your ideas, negotiating supervisory relationships, experiencing disability, and navigating mental health and wellness. By identifying the writing-related benefits of building partnerships with these areas of support, this workshop series aims to help you recognize and respond to the evolving needs and challenges that emerge as you become an increasingly resourceful writer.

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Mar. 3: Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Mar. 10: Developing and Maintaining a Productive Supervisory Relationship by Dr. Jane Freeman and Caroline Rabbat
Mar. 17: Navigating Access, Energy, and Interdependence: Disability and Graduate Writing by Dr. Fiona Coll and Sandra Hohener
Mar. 24: Getting Unstuck: When Wellness Gets in the Way of Writing by Dr. Jane Freeman and Chad Jankowski

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
Feb. 28: Accessible Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Mar. 7: PowerPoint Techniques for Academic Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones
Mar. 14: Presenting Visual Data: Using the Golden Ratio by Dr. Matt Jones


GCAC also has a wide range of workshops on demand. These pre-recorded workshops are available to view at anytime. Visit our website for workshop descriptions and registration details. Once you register, you’ll receive a link to view the session you chose.

Upcoming courses

The next session of GCAC courses will be offered starting the week after Reading Week in late February 2022. Registration is still open for the following courses listed below. If you are interested in registering, please send your Name, Department, and UTORid to


  • All February/March 2022 GCAC courses will be offered live online (except for the asynchronous Oral Presentation Skills Modular course, which is completely asynchronous).
  • Each course is 4-6 weeks long, 2 hours per week. Demand is high so please check your schedule before registering to be sure you can attend all weeks of the course. If you don’t have time to commit to taking a full course, consider taking workshops instead.
  • All sections of the same course, (ex. section 3 or section 4) cover the same material but are offered in different time slots. 
  • Students may take a maximum of two GCAC courses during the February/March session. Students who sign up for more than two courses will be automatically removed from the courses with the longest waiting lists.

Oral Presentation Skills (Native speakers of English)
Duration: 6 weeks
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Dates: March 3- April 7
Instructor: Alex Sarra-Davis

Oral Presentation Skills (Non-Native speakers of English)
Duration: 6 weeks
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
March 4- April 8
Instructor: Dr. Matt Jones

Oral Presentation Skills Modular Course
Instructor: Dr. Jane Freeman

Academic Writing 2: Focus on Grammar
Duration: 5 weeks
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Dates: March 4 – April 1
Instructor: Elena Danilina

Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing
Duration: 5 weeks
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Dates: March 4 – April 1
Instructor: Dr. Fiona Coll

GCAC Writing Centre

The GCAC Writing Centre offers 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

Stay connected

  • Up to date information about what’s on at GCAC can always be found on our  website
  • Keep on top of all GCAC news and announcements by following us on Twitter: @UofTGCAC
  • Get weekly updates on all GCAC workshops and courses by subscribing to our listserv

As always – stay healthy, safe and positive! See you all in April.

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