What’s upcoming at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

Find out all about the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

We’re holding a special orientation session where you can learn about the courses, workshops, and one-on-one help we offer at GCAC, as well as how to register and take advantage of all the support we provide U of T graduate students.

When: September 6, 4:30-5:30 pm

Where: Bissell Building, 140 St. George St., Room 205

Registration opens for GCAC September-October courses on Sept 1 at 10:00 am

For the September-October session at GCAC, we’ve programmed a wide array of non-credit courses designed to make you a more effective writer, presenter and all-round communicator. We offer writing and speaking courses, with separate sections designed to meet the needs of grad students whose first language is English and those who are non-native speakers of English. Of particular interest to graduate students at this time of year are our 3-week courses on how to write effective grant proposals, with separate sections for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR applicants.

Please note that GCAC courses require prior registration. Visit our website, where you’ll find full descriptions of our courses and instructions on how to sign up. All GCAC courses are free for registered U of T graduate students.

GCAC Workshops in September

GCAC offers a wide variety of 90-minute workshops, each focusing on a specific aspect of academic communication.

Two workshop series that start up in September are “Academic Communication Skills for Multilingual Graduate Students” and “Developing and Pitching a Research Project,” which is aimed at all graduate students. We also have individual September workshops on writing NSERC proposals and writing CIHR proposals. Please visit our website, where you’ll find descriptions of all our workshops and a full Fall schedule, so you can plan in advance. ​No registration is required for GCAC workshops, and all members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish.

Writing Centre Consultations

One-on-one consultations are available for graduate students who seek individualized assistance with their writing. In these 40-minute sessions, trained instructors work with you to improve your capacity to plan, write, and revise your academic assignments. Instructors do not edit for you; they teach you to revise and edit your own work. The appointments can be booked online. Appointments are usually released for booking two to three weeks in advance of the actual appointment dates.

New GCAC listserv

We will be gradually phasing out the ELWS listserv. To subscribe to the new 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 using the following 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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