Refine your writing with the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC)

We hope your year has gotten off to a great start!  During October, we hope you’ll check out all the support we offer U of T graduate student in the areas of academic writing and speaking. Join us in our virtual classrooms as we offer expert guidance on how to improve your academic communication skills! Below you’ll find information on what we’ll be offering in the month ahead.

Looking ahead:  Fall 2021 GCAC Courses

The next session of GCAC courses are starting late October – early November ; the schedule of what we’re offering is posted on our website. Registration opens Oct. 4 at 10AM.  Our courses often fill up quickly, so check out what might appeal to you and then register earlier rather than later. Details on how to register are on our website .

Workshops

During October, GCAC will offer a full slate of live workshops. These workshops require you to register in advance – as always, our website will provide the links you need and further details.

  • First up there’s an entire series entitled “Getting through Graduate Work”  with 4 workshops in October (well…one is on Nov. 1) covering topics such as improving your academic writing and your use of sources, writing literature reviews and what metadiscourse is and why it’s important in both your written and spoken communication.   These 90-minute sessions will run Mondays at 4:00 throughout October, except for the Thanksgiving holiday. For further details, just go to our website.
  • Second, Rachael Cayley’s 4-part series on graduate writing essentials will kick off on Oct. 19 – each Tuesday starting then, she’ll lead you through some of the most fundamental concepts and principles underpinning academic writing.  Once again, our website can provide further detail.  further details.
  • There are more sessions to look forward to in October including workshops on punctuation, clear communication and using narrative in your academic writing.  As always, details on our website.

GCAC also has a wide range of prerecorded workshops on everything from boosting your productivity as a writer to strategies for writing research articles to brushing up on your email-writing skills! Just click the titles below for workshop descriptions and registration details. Once you register, you’ll receive a link to view the session you chose.  Below is a list of some of what’s currently available: 

PRERECORDED WORKSHOPS

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK
Preparing to Write a Grant Proposal by Dr. Jane Freeman
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman                        Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley
The Craft of Revision by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Quoting & Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav

IMPROVING ACADEMIC WRITING/SPEAKING IN THE SCIENCES
Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Preparing Poster Presentations by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav


WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ARTICLES                                            

Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav                                                                            
Setting Up Your Argument: Writing Effective Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
Writing Your Arguments and Conclusions by Dr. Peter Grav

WRITING IMRD (INTRODUCTION – METHODS – RESULTS -DISCUSSION) RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 2, 3 and 4)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav    

GCAC Writing Centre

The GCAC Writing Centre will be 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

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 October!


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