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.
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.