WAC Events

Becoming a More Productive Writer
7 Habits Meets Writing Research

September 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:50 AM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Instructor:
Roger Graves Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Associate Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Professor, English and Film Studies

In this workshop we’ll review some of the advice given to academics who write, including Helen Sword’s Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write, and map it against Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We’ll consider the map those books provide in the context of research about writers to think about what makes us more or less productive as academic writers. Participants will use a writing technology of their choice (notebooks and pens provided; bring your choice of electronics if you wish) to record thoughts and insights from the readings and discussion that ensues.

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Become a Better Writer workshop series - Styles of writing: an introduction and orientation to writing style
A Faculty Professional Development Workshop Series 

Instructor:
Roger Graves Director, Writing Across the Curriculum Associate Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Professor, English and Film Studies

Focus: Genre, audience, style and story
This series of workshops will help you develop your skills as a writer of academic prose. We’ll develop skills in different styles of writing (asiatic/attic, ornamental/plain), different genres of writing (academic/workplace), and different audiences for writing (academic/non-specialist). We’ll end with a consideration of the recent interest in narrative (“our story”) and how this contrasts with scientific approaches to writing (research as story).

The workshop is open to all full-time, continuing academic staff.

Schedule:
Styles of writing: an introduction and orientation to writing style
September 26 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Clarity and concision
October 24 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Genres of academic writing: Research articles
January 23 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Genres of academic writing: The teaching philosophy statement
February 27 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Story, science, and simplicity: Writing for the non-specialist audience
March 26 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) 
Cameron Library Basement B-12

Becoming a better writer in one day: five seminars in five hours
May 7 (Location and Time TBA at Festival of Teaching and Learning)

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