​All members of the University of Toronto community are welcome to attend as many workshops as they wish. As a courtesy to other participants and to the instructor, we ask that you only register if you are able to participate for the entire workshop.

While our courses provide students with individual feedback and ongoing help, our workshops target specific needs in a focused way. Students might choose to attend single workshops if their schedules prevent them from taking a course, or if they seek help with a specific challenge such as giving poster presentations or writing literature reviews. As always, signing up for our listserv is the best way to find out what we are offering each week.

Winter 2021 Online Workshop Schedule

Registration for both live and prerecorded workshops is required. Please click the title of each workshop to read the workshop description and registration details. Once you register, you will receive a link to join the live workshop at the scheduled time and/or a link to view a prerecorded workshop video. If you are not able to register online or if you are not a currently registered U of T graduate student, please contact Lauren at and she will register you manually.


DEVELOPING AND PITCHING A RESEARCH PROJECT (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write by Dr. Jane Freeman
Jan. 27, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research by Dr. Jane Freeman
Feb. 3, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Clear Thinking, Clear Writing: Communicating Clearly to Your target Audience(s) by Dr. Jane Freeman

Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 26, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Writing Effective Academic Emails by Clare Nippard
Feb. 2, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: How to Transition to Graduate Writing by Monica Gagnon
Feb. 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Speaking Up and Being Heard in Academic Settings by Clare Nippard

ADVANCED ACADEMIC ENGLISH (for multilingual graduate students)
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 20, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Improving Grammatical Correctness: Focus on Verb Tenses by Jordana Lobo-Pires
Jan. 27, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Punctuation in Academic Writing: Improving Sense and Style by Jordana Lobo-Pires
Feb. 3, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Making Claims with Confidence and Accuracy by Lina Balsamo

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE WORK (for graduate students in all disciplines)
Thurs. Jan. 28, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies by Dr. Jane Freeman and Jeff Newman
Thurs. Feb. 4, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Giving Better Feedback by Katherine Shwetz
Thurs. Feb. 11, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Writing Concisely for Abstracts and Short Documents by Lina Balsamo
Tues. Feb. 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Strategies for Creating an Effective 3MT Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Tues. Mar. 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Tools for Building Community through Communication in the Online Environment by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Tues. Mar. 16, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Strategies for Dealing with Writing Anxiety by Dr. Kathleen Ogden
Mon. Mar. 22, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Making the Most of Oral Presentations by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Mon. Mar. 29, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences by Dr. Rachael Cayley

IMPROVING YOUR GRADUATE WRITING (for all graduate students)
Mondays, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 22, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Understanding Tone by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Mar. 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Managing Flow by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Mar. 8, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Establishing Coherence by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Mar. 15, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Achieving Correctness by Dr. Rachael Cayley


Strategies for Developing Your 3MT Presentation by Dr. Cristina D’Amico
Available Feb. 8: Making Requests Appropriately by Clare Nippard
Available Feb. 8: Disagreeing Respectfully by Clare Nippard
Available Feb. 8: Understanding Email Etiquette by Clare Nippard
Available Mar. 31: Building Your Academic Vocabulary by Lina Balsamo
Available Mar. 31: Academic Idioms Part 1 by Lina Balsamo
Available Mar. 31: Academic Idioms Part 2 by Lina Balsamo
Citation and Working with Sources in the Physical and Life Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav
Quoting and Paraphrasing: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities by Dr. Peter Grav
Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley
The Craft of Revision by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Best Practices for Effective Online Interaction by Clare Nippard
Writing Emails with Your Audience in Mind by Clare Nippard

Creating Effective Figures by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Preparing Poster Presentations by Dr. Peter Sabatini
Writing CIHR Proposals by Dr. Peter Sabatini

WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE RESEARCH ARTICLES (for students in Divisions 1 and 2)
Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
Setting Up Your Argument: Writing Effective Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
Writing Your Arguments and Conclusions by Dr. Peter Grav

Writing Titles and Abstracts by Dr. Peter Grav
The “I” in IMRD: Writing Effective Research Article Introductions by Dr. Peter Grav
The “M” in IMRD: Crafting Your Methods Section by Dr. Peter Grav
Coming Soon: The “RD” in IMRD: Strategies for Successful Results and Discussion Sections by Dr. Peter Grav