These workshops are intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate student writers. We also offer writing workshops for undergraduate students.

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The registration system can be accessed via the link below, which will open a new tab that contains a listing of all workshops of this type. Our system also displays a list of all the workshops you have registered for, as well as workshops you have attended in the past.

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Spring and Summer Workshops

In this 60-minute workshop, we will learn how and why to avoid plagiarism. We will focus on two key skills: citing and paraphrasing.

If you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can make use of our online resources instead or email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Tuesday June 2, 2020 11 am-noon

Paraphrasing is a complex skillset, requiring that writers skillfully and accurately use their own words to represent the work of another. This 60-minute session builds on the “Avoiding Plagiarism” workshop by reviewing the key elements of effective paraphrase.

If you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Wednesday June 3, 2020 3-4 pm

Synthesis is a technique for combining two or more ideas from other sources while using your own words. This 60-minute session offers practical insights for writing effective synthesis, and explains why striving for synthesis can help circumvent accidental plagiarism.

If you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Wednesday June 10, 2020 3-4 pm

To create flow, professional writers use a technique called the old-new information technique. Learn how to improve your academic writing using this technique and others during our 60-minute session.

TIf you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can make use of our online resources instead or email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Tuesday June 16, 2020 11 am-noon

Learn how to organize a thematic literature review using CARS moves in this 60-minute session.

If you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can make use of our online resources instead or email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Thursday June 18, 2020 11 am-noon

Scholarship proposals ask graduate students to make a case for their research briefly, concisely, and plainly. As a result, these proposals usually require much time and multiple drafts. Learn tips to make the task easier during this 60-minute session.

If you are interested in attending, but the time does not suit, you can email jill.mcmillan@usask.ca for a copy of the workshop slides.

Thursday June 25, 2020 11 am-noon

Term Two Workshops

In this workshop, you will learn exactly what plagiarism is and why it is critical to avoid it. We will focus on three key skills: citing, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

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Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 2-3:30 pm

Paraphrasing is a complex skillset, requiring that writers skillfully and accurately use their own words to represent the work of another. This session builds on the “Avoiding Plagiarism” workshop by reviewing the key elements of effective paraphrase and offering students the opportunity to practice putting this knowledge into practice.

Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday Mar. 11, 2020 3-4:30 pm

When you write, are you ever unsure about whether to use the, a/an, or no article in front of nouns? If so, be sure not to miss this 90-minute activity-based workshop on articles. We will review the basic rules for using English articles and consider some exceptions to these rules.

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Thursday Mar. 19, 2020 3-4:30 pm

Over a series of five consecutive 90-minute workshops we will review common grammatical errors and the basics of English sentence structure, including different types of sentences, methods for connecting clauses and sentences, and rules governing punctuation.

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Each class builds on the previous session so registrants should commit to attending all five weeks.

Thursday Jan. 16, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Jan. 30, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 3-4:30 pm

You will learn how to smoothly work the ideas and findings of others into your papers.

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Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 3, 2020 2-3:30 pm

Student writing is often weakened by punctuation errors. Learn how to recognize your own mistakes and how to correct them.

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Thursday Mar. 5, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday Mar. 25, 2020 3-4:30 pm

Learn revision strategies to make your writing more clear, plain, and concise.

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Thursday Mar. 19, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

Review the conventions of scientific writing and learn strategies to help make your writing more clear and concise.

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Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020 noon-1:30 pm
Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 10, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

This workshop will discuss tips for organizing and starting your thesis, focusing on the abstract and introduction.

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Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020 1-2:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 17, 2020 2-3:30 pm

This workshop will focus on the second part of your thesis, focusing mainly on the critical discussion section.

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Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020 1-2:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 24, 2020 2-3:30 pm

Clear and effective writing is the result of deliberate and thoughtful revision. Learn practical strategies that you can use during the revision process to help you view your writing from a new perspective.

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Wednesday Mar. 18, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 26, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

Are you ever confused about what verb tenses you should be using in your academic writing? If so, this workshop is for you. We will discuss the most common verb tenses used in academic writing and the conventions for their use.

Thursday Mar. 12, 2020 3-4:30 pm

To create flow, professional writers use a technique called the old-new information pattern or bridging. Learn how to improve your academic writing using this technique.

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Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm
Wednesday Mar. 4, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Tuesday Mar. 10, 2020 2-3:30 pm

We will focus on how to organize and develop a review and how to express critical comments.

Thursday Jan. 30, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm
Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

You will learn how to write a synthesis and organize a thematic literature review.

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Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020 2-3:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 5, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

Research, or academic, proposals are an important step when preparing your thesis. Join us for a session that deconstructs the purpose and conventions of this document.

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Thursday Jan. 16, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 26, 2020 3-4:30 pm

Scholarship proposals ask graduate students to make a case for their research in one page. As a result, they usually require much time and multiple drafts. Learn tips to make the task easier.

Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

During this workshop we will review the elements of an academic argument, distinguish between claims and facts, and engage with counterarguments to help strengthen our stance.

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Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020 1-2:30 pm
Wednesday Mar. 4, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

We will focus on how to organize and develop coherent introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs.

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Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020 3-4:30 pm
Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm
Thursday Mar. 12, 2020 11 am-12:30 pm

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