Graduate Writing Workshops

Graduate writing workshops are scheduled from September through March. 

If you cannot attend one of our workshops, you can contact writinghelp@usask.ca for access to a recording.  Slides for these workshops are also posted on this website (see the right column on this page).

For more information aimed at graduate students, visit our graduate help page.

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If you experience difficulties registering for an event, please contact the ULC

Oct
Fri
3

An Introduction to Writing NSERC Proposals

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

This session will focus on the preparation of the free form components of your NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship application (PGS), especially the one-page "Outline of Proposed Research," which you are required to complete on your own. NSERC adjudicators assess both your "research ability or potential" and your "communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities."  A well-written "Outline of Proposed Research" will enhance both these elements of your application.
Oct
Tue
7

An Introduction to Writing SSHRC Proposals

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

This session will focus on preparing the free form components of your SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship application (Doctoral or Masters), especially the two-page “Program of Study.” We will explore strategies for integrating the numerous required elements into a persuasive and coherent account of your research plans.
Oct
Thu
30

Grammar I: A Review of Grammatical Terminology

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

This session will provide a lecture-style overview/review of English grammar and grammatical terminology. Many of us (especially native speakers) have trouble improving our writing because we lack a vocabulary for talking about writing. If you find yourself saying "that sounds wrong but I can't explain why," this session may help.
Nov
Thu
20

Grammar II: Common Writing Problems

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 200

This session will review some of the most common problems in English grammar, usage, and punctuation.  We'll focus on how to recognize trouble spots and correct your own work.  You do not need to register in Grammar I to take part in Grammar II.
Nov
Thu
27

Structure and Organization, with a Focus on the Literature Review

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Many types of writing (e.g., the scientific thesis or article) are highly formulaic -- they follow a rigid, prescribed structure.  But how does one organize an extended piece of writing where the structure is not prescribed?  This session will consider the "literature review," a prescribed component of most academic writing, where the internal structure of topics, sub-topics, and paragraphs depends on the content and the research questions.
Jan
Fri
23

Thesis and Dissertation Proposals

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

This session will review some of the common features of Master’s thesis and PhD dissertation proposals, and consider some of the differences in approach across disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan.  The focus will be on tailoring the research program description to the internal university audience and to internal approval processes.  For more detailed, discipline-specific advice, students should consult their supervisor or graduate chair.
Feb
Tue
10

The Manuscript-Format Thesis or Dissertation

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Many departments now permit students to submit a thesis or dissertation that consists of a collection of manuscripts or published papers.  But such theses and dissertations must still meet some common university-wide guidelines.  This session will review those guidelines, to help you transform a pile of manuscripts into a manuscript-format thesis.
Mar
Thu
5

Revision

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Many of us are afraid to truly revise our work.  We tinker with phrasing but never consider the larger changes that would lead to real improvements.  In this session, we'll work with drafts of graduate-student writing, considering the kinds of changes to sentence and paragraph structure that make a piece of writing clearer and more persuasive.
Mar
Fri
20

Editing and Proofreading

Graduate Writing Workshop with Professor Ron Cooley, Arts & Science
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

ARTS 241

Preparing a thesis or article for submission requires extreme attention to detail. In this session, we'll workshop some samples of student writing, focusing on the steps necessary to turn a good draft into an error-free final text.