Workshops & Events

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The following free seminars are open to all Dalhousie and Kingʼs students:

Drop-In Sessions

Have a quick question about structure, grammar, understanding your assignment details, citation or any other writing issue? Have a deadline coming up and want another set of eyes on your draft? The Writing Centre’s Synchronous Daily Drop-in sessions may be just what you need. Held every week day from 1-2PM (Atlantic Time) the Daily Drop-in offers students the opportunity to have a short, synchronous conversation with a Writing Tutor without pre-booking an appointment. Sessions are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.

Sessions will begin on November 2nd. Join us by using this link!

November 2017, 2018, and 2019 drop-ins were part of the International Write-ins under the International Writing Center Association. Dalhousie was the only Canadian university that took part.


Weekly Wednesday Workshops (Synchronous)

The Writing Centre’s Weekly Wednesday Workshops are a series of synchronous sessions on a variety of important topics in academic writing. The sessions are led by experienced Writing Centre staff members and will run every Wednesday from 3-4 PM until the end of term. The sessions are free to join, and no pre-registration is required. To join the session, please click here.


Schedule of Topics

January 13th: Understanding Assignment Instructions (First year)
Making sure you follow the assignment guidelines is an essential step in successful academic writing. However, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what an assignment is asking you to do. This workshop will discuss techniques for reading and interpreting the guidelines for many common writing assignments. 

January 20th: Getting Started on a Writing Assignment
This workshop will focus on brainstorming, free writing, and outlining techniques to help you get started on a new writing assignment.

January 27th: Goal Setting / Time Management for Big Writing Projects
Whether you are writing a lengthy term paper, completing an honours project, or beginning work on a graduate thesis or dissertation, it can sometimes be difficult to  undertake a big writing project. This seminar will provide goal setting and time management techniques to help you stay on track

February 3rd: Thesis Statements
A thesis statement is the most important element of an argumentative essay. Learn to develop and refine a thesis statement and how to use it to help you write the rest of your paper.

February 10th: Incorporating Cited Material
All academic writers must draw on the work of others. However, it can sometimes be dificult to skillfully and appropriately incorporate material from outside sources into your own work. This workshop will introduce techniques for using the work of others while maintaining your own voice.

February 17th: Study Break (NO SEMINAR)

February 24th: Sentence Types
Learn about the different ways words and clauses can be joined into sentences and how to use these different kinds of sentences in your writing. This workshop will also include a discussion of active and passive constructions.

March 3rd: Literature Reviews
A literature review attempts to summarize and analyze what scholars have written about a given topic. This workshop will discuss techniques for writing and structuring literature reviews.

March 10th: Revision
Revision is the stage of the writing process where you work to make your writing make sense to your reader. Learn techniques for effective revision as well as some crucial questions to guide the process.

March 17th: Punctuation
Learn when to best use commas, periods, colons, and semicolons in your writing.

March 24th: Getting the Most from Feedback
Students sometimes don’t know what to make of the feedback they receive from their instructors, or even ignore it entirely. This workshop will help you understand the feedback you have received and how to use it to improve your future writing projects.

March 31st: Reducing Wordiness
Academic writing often requires an economy of expression, stating your ideas as clearly and as simply as possible. This workshop will discuss ways of reducing wordiness and improving the clarity of your writing

April 7th: Grant Applications
This workshop will review the elements of a strong scholarship or grant application, and discuss techniques for writing these kinds of document.


Writing Week at Dalhousie  & Our Ongoing Grad Student Writing Support Group

We meet Wednesdays at 9:00am and 4:00pm ADT on Collaborate and discuss our daily, weekly, and long-term writing goals and check in with each other. Please email Kala Hirtle if you are interested in joining.