Dissertation bootcamp and more from GCAC in February

In February, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) has scheduled a variety of courses and workshops on how to improve your academic writing and speaking skills. Below you’ll find information on our synchronous and asynchronous workshops in February, as well as information on when registration opens for our next round of courses. All GCAC offerings will remain online until the end of April.

Virtual Dissertation Bootcamp: February 22-24, 2022

The next GCAC Dissertation Bootcamp will take place on February 22 – 24, 2022 from 9am to 4pm EST daily.

The Virtual Dissertation Boot ​Camp will give you dedicated blocks of writing time as well as the opportunity to learn about strategies for productive dissertation writing. You’ll be required to set aside other demands on your time for three days, giving you the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. We will also discuss various productivity approaches to help you gain momentum in your writing that will last beyond our three days together.

Who is eligible to enrol in the Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp?

To sign up for the GCAC Virtual Dissertation Boot Camp, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are actively engaged in writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in any department at U of T.
  • You are finished with course work, qualifying exams, and primary research and/or data collection; the boot camp is designed for writing, not further reading and research.

To apply for a place in our Dissertation Bootcamp, please fill out our online application form. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 16 at 5pm EST.


During February, GCAC will offer the following live online workshops. 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:

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for all graduate students)
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
Feb. 2: Building a Better Relationship with Your Writing by Dr. Fiona Coll
Feb. 9: Processing Feedback on Your Writing by Dr. Fiona Coll
Feb. 16: Improving Your Online Presentations by Dr. Fiona Coll

Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

Feb. 4: Improving Grammatical Correctness: Focus on Verb Tenses by Jordana Lobo-Pires
Feb. 11: Punctuation in Academic Writing: Improving Sense and Style by Jordana Lobo-Pires

Mon., Feb. 7, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET: Designing Graphics for Publication by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Mon., Feb. 14, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET: Creating and Designing Poster Presentations for Scientific Conferences by Dr. Vaughn Mangal
Mon., Feb. 28, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET: Accessible Presentations by Dr. Matt Jones

Workshops on demand

GCAC also has a wide range of workshops on demand. These pre-recorded workshops address everything from writing effective literature reviews to improving focus in online meetings to designing graphics for publication, and are available to view at anytime.  Once you register, you’ll receive a link to view the session you chose.

Please see the current list of GCAC’s workshops on demand on our website. Just click the titles for workshop descriptions and registration details.


The next session of GCAC courses will be offered starting the week after reading week in late February 2022. Registration will open at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, February 7, 2022. Students may register in a maximum of two GCAC courses in the February 2022 session. The course schedule is now available on our our website.

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

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