‚ÄčAll 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.

Winter 2020 Online Workshops

Registration for both live and recorded 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 appointed time and/or a link to view a prerecorded workshop video. If you are not able to register online (i.e. if you are not a currently registered U of T graduate student), please contact Lauren at and she will register you manually.


April 16 at 4:00 pm: Understanding and Applying Email Etiquette by Clare Nippard
April 20 at 4:00 pm: Writing Effective Literature Reviews by Dr. Jane Freeman
April 24 at 11:00 am: Understanding and Applying Email Etiquette by Clare Nippard
April 27 at 4:00 pm: Diagramming Strategies for Clarifying Your Thinking Before You Write by Dr. Jane Freeman


Available on April 22: Becoming a Productive Writer by Dr. Rachael Cayley
Available on April 24: Working with Sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Quoting and Paraphrasing by Dr. Peter Grav
Available on April 30: Working with Sources in the Sciences by Dr. Peter Grav

Annual GCAC Workshop Series

These are the workshops that GCAC offers on an ongoing basis, sorted by series title or category. If we aren’t offering a particular workshop or workshop series this term, please check back in a future term. As always, signing up for our listserv is the best way to find out what we are offering each week.

Developing & Pitching a Research Project

Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal
Strategies for Clarifying and Organizing Your Ideas Before You Write
Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research
Clear Thinking, Clear Writing: Communicating Clearly to Your target Audience(s)

Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

Understanding Tone in Academic Writing
Managing Transitions in Academic Writing
Improving Grammatical Correctness in Academic Writing

Listening & Speaking in Academic Settings

Active Listening and Speaking in Academic Settings
Strategies for Academic Vocabulary Acquisition
Active Listening and Note-Taking
Strategies for Clear Speaking

Getting Through Graduate Work

Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal
Writing Literature Reviews
Five Principles to Improve Your Academic Writing
Making the Most of Oral Presentations
Becoming a Productive Writer
Editing Your Work Effectively
Developing Effective Note-Taking Strategies
Reading Efficiently and Effectively

Writing/Speaking in the Physical & Life Sciences

Thesis Writing in the Physical & Life Sciences
Effective Use of Scientific Illustrations, Graphs, & Tables
Maximizing Your Poster Presentations
Writing Grant Proposals in the Sciences
Editing Your Work Effectively
Writing a Research Article: The Fundamentals

Writing/Speaking in the Humanities & Social Sciences

Thesis Writing in the Humanities & Social Sciences
Mastering Punctuation & Why It Matters
Editing Your Own Work Effectively
Preparing to Publish
Metadiscourse: What It Is and How to Use It to Improve Your Academic Writing
Writing Literature Reviews
Making the Most of Oral Presentations
Using Outside Sources in Your Work

Improving Your Graduate Writing

Understanding Tone
Managing Flow
Establishing Coherence
Achieving Correctness

Working With Sources

Thinking about Citation and Sources
Writing Your Sources Into Your Work
Refining Your Use of Sources