English Language & Writing Support

​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS). ELWS provides graduate students with advanced training in academic writing and speaking.

Graduate students need to be able to communicate sophisticated information to sophisticated audiences. As you prepare to attend your first conference, to write your first proposal, or to publish your first paper, you will need stronger communication skills than those needed in undergraduate work. By emphasizing professional development rather than remediation, ELWS can help you cultivate the ability to diagnose and address the weaknesses in your oral and written work.

ELWS offers five types of support designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers of English: non-credit courses, single-session workshops, individual writing consultations, writing intensives, and a list of additional resources for academic writing and speaking.

All of our programs are free. While the workshops function on a drop-in basis, writing centre consultations require an appointment, and courses and writing inte​nsives require regi​stration.

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Applications are now being accepted for two new ELWS Writing Intensives: the Dissertation Boot Camp (August 19 - 21) and Writing SSHRC Proposals (August 26 and August 28).

Online registration for our ​September courses will open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2nd. The September course and workshop schedules will be posted online in late August.

The ELWS Writing Centre is now closed.  Appointments will resume in mid-August and will be available for online booking in early August.​