What’s Coming Up at GCAC in August

Improve Your Academic Communications Skills with GCAC!

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) is part of the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Our mandate is to help U of T graduate students working in all disciplines to improve their academic writing and speaking. Here’s how we’ll be doing that during August:

Dissertation Boot Camp August 21–23
The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) will be offering a Dissertation Boot Camp on August 21, 22 and 23 for students who are actively engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation in any department at U of T. The Dissertation Boot Camp will give students dedicated blocks of writing time as well as the opportunity to learn about strategies for productive dissertation writing. You’ll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch breaks excepted!) and set aside other demands on your time for three days, so that you’ll have the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. We will also discuss various productivity approaches to help you gain momentum that will last beyond our three days together.  For eligibility and registration procedures, please visit the GCAC Boot Camps and Writing Intensives section of the GCAC website.

Registration is now open: Writing Intensive Courses August 29–30
In late August, GCAC will be offering two-day intensive versions of the “Writing NSERC Proposals” and “Writing SSHRC Proposals” courses.  These courses provide valuable grant-writing strategies, allow students to get individual feedback on their proposal drafts and are eligible for GPS credit. These courses allow students to get individual feedback on their proposal drafts and are eligible for GPS credit. While any student applying for SSHRC or NSERC Master’s or doctoral grants this fall is welcome to register, these sections of the courses are intended primarily for incoming students who will be applying for the first time. The courses, which combine instruction and silent writing time, run from 9:30 am to 5 pm on August 29 and from 9:30 am to 1 pm on August 30. For more information, please visit the GCAC Boot Camps and Writing Intensives, where you’ll also find a link for Online registration.

Writing Centre Consultations
One-on-one consultations for graduate students seeking individualized assistance with their writing will resume in mid-August. In these 40-minute sessions, GCAC instructors work with you to improve your capacity to plan, write, and revise your academic assignments. While our instructors will not edit your work, they will teach you strategies to address your own particular writing challenges and to revise your academic texts more effectively. Appointments are booked online and are usually posted two to three weeks in advance of the actual appointment dates.

Fall Courses and Workshops at GCAC
As of this writing, we are still devising our Fall course and workshop schedule. We’ll once again be providing a wide range of offerings, all designed to help U of T graduate students improve their written and oral communication skills. These courses and workshops are all free for any student registered in a graduate degree program at U of T. We’ll be posting our schedule in mid-late August and registration will be in early September; in the meantime, check out our website to see how GCAC can help you achieve your communication goals.

GCAC listserv
Get weekly updates on all the courses and workshops GCAC offers for U of T graduate students!  To subscribe to the GCAC listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca (upper or lower case is acceptable). In the BODY of the message, type a command of the form: subscribe gcac-l firstname lastname

You will then receive a “Command Confirmation Request” email. You must reply to that email with “ok” written in the body of the email. Doing so will complete the subscription process. Please note: If you have an automatic signature in your email, please remove it when sending and replying to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca.

For more information on the offerings listed above, please visit the GCAC website.


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