I'm a graduate student. How can I handle the writing in my program?

You'll find some sources of help close at hand; others need more searching out. All of these resources are free of charge to registered graduate students.

  • The School of Graduate Studies now has a centralized Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) to meet the needs of graduate students for instruction in writing and oral communications. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is the Coordinator. Check this webpage for news and announcements.
    • Choose among inventive and relevant short non-credit short non-credit courses starting at various times of year.
    • See if any of the courses currently offered meet you needs.
    • Come to single-session workshops during Fall and Spring terms.
    • Arrange for individual consultation on work in progress.
    • Attend an ELWS Writing Intensive, which provide graduate students with  a dedicated time and space for intensive writing.
    • Look at the ELWS webpages listing useful instructional resources.
  • Your department may offer specialized workshops or courses on writing and communication in your discipline. Ask the departmental secretary or the graduate coordinator, and don't forget the departmental grad-student organization. Sometimes students themselves set up informal workshops or response groups to read and comment on each other's papers.
  • Some professional faculties include specialized Writing Centres that offer group instruction and individual consultations to their own students.
    • Architecture has its own writing program: call 416-946-5096 to contact the director, Andrew Payne.
    • The Engineering Communication Program offers one-on-one help to its graduate students as well as support in courses with a practical writing focus.
    • If you're in Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical and Health Education, or Social Work, look at the workshops and consultations offered by the Health Sciences Writing Centre.
    • If you're at OISE, find out about the workshops and consultations offered by the OISE Success Centre.
  • U of T libraries and bookstores stock a wide range of books about graduate-level writing in specific fields. Invest in a few for present and future use.
  • Web pages give even faster access to relevant advice. The pages listed in this website's Advice on Academic Writing cover topics such as how to write an abstract, a literature review, and a thesis or grant proposal. The ELWS website includes a section on resources, with specialized files on such topics as Poster Presentations and lists of links for other relevant topics.
  • Two recent talks by successful graduate students will amuse and enlighten you with accounts of succeeding as a non-native speaker and working with a supervisor.