Upcoming Events

To register for events, fill out the forms linked below or contact me directly at daniel.newman{at}utoronto.ca. The list below is not exhaustive. For general information, see my Writing Support page.

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Featured below:

  1. Writing Tuesdays: a weekly writing camp (ongoing).
  2. Clear Scientific Writing workshop series (1-3pm a Monday per month — Oct 2022 to Feb 2023)
  3. Clear Humanities/Social Science Writing workshop series (1-3pm one day per month–Oct 2022 to Jan 2023)
  4. Getting Started on Writing Your Dissertation (Humanities and Social Sciences)–Jan 26, 4-6pm
  5. Drop-in Thursdays–pilot will run from Feb to Apr 2023
  6. Working Groups for Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Proposals–May or June 2023 (TBD)
  7. Module on Research Proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications–May or June 2023, August 2023, September 2023

Don’t see something for you? Contact me to suggest topics for workshops or roundtables in your department. It takes a while to turn suggestions into actual workshops, so it’s never too early to ask about workshops or other events.


Selected 2022 and 2023 Events and Groups

Writing Tuesdays (9:45-3:00 weekly): Starting in January 2021, I have been hosting a weekly writing camp on Zoom. New members are always welcome; though designed for grad students from the Faculty of Arts & Science, the group welcomes faculty, postdocs and grad students from other units too. The camp is run by graduate students over the summer; I will return in early September. But you can join anytime. For more info, see here. To join, fill out this form.

Graduate Research Proposal workshops. (Fall 2022). Multiple workshops designed for various fields and/or departments. Signup form here.

Clear Scientific Writing Workshop Series (virtual, one Monday 1-3pm per month: Oct 2022-Feb 2023). You can attend all or some of the following workshops in this annual series: Introductions (Nov 7); Simple Strategies for Improving Paragraphs (Dec 5); Simple Strategies for Improving Sentences (Jan 16); and Decluttering Your Scientific Prose (Feb 6). You can sign up by filling this form

Clear Writing Workshop Series in Humanities and Social Sciences (virtual, once a month: Oct 2022 to January 2023). The topics and dates of the two remaining fall 2022 workshops are ; Foregrounding Your Research “Voice” (Nov 24, 10am-12pm); and Decluttering Your Prose (Dec 15, 1-3pm). An additional workshop has been scheduled for January 18, 1-3pm, on the topic of Revision and Editing Strategies. You can sign up for this series, or any number of workshops within it, by filling this form.

Getting Started on Writing Your Dissertation (Jan 26, 4-6pm), in person. This is a discussion-based session, where we chat about strategizing about how to approach the huge task of starting to write what is likely your first major research project. To attend, you should be either ABD or within a few months at most from achieving candidacy. You can sign up here.

Drop-in Thursdays: Open Discussions about Graduate Writing. This pilot project will see me test out the popularity and effectiveness of a biweekly meeting designed to exchange ideas, concerns and other matters relating to writing as a graduate student. Topics were suggested and voted on by graduate students. To suggest additional topics, please complete this form. You can also see the schedule-in-progress below.

Working Groups for Postdoctoral Research Proposals (Spring 2023). The purpose of these groups is to give postdoctoral applicants an early start on their research proposals for postdoctoral fellowships, as well as constructive feedback on making the proposal more effective. Starting early is particularly important for Banting applications, whose internal deadlines can be as early as mid-June; however, it is also very helpful for other postdoc applications with later deadlines in the fall. Priority will be given to Banting applicants and participants who have previously applied for a postdoc (i.e. who have an existing version of the proposal to revise). To learn more and to express interest in participating, please complete this form.

Modules on Research Proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications (Spring 2023 / Fall 2023).

There will be two sets of modules, one in May-June (Banting, SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, divided into two streams: Humanities/Social Sciences and Natural Sciences) and one in late August (SSHRC) or late September (NSERC & CIHR). Each group will meet twice, one for an informational session on strategies for writing a strong research proposal, the second for a moderated peer-review session. The purpose of the May-June modules is to give postdoctoral applicants an early start on their proposals, as well as constructive feedback on making the proposal more effective. Starting early is particularly important–in fact it’s necessary–for Banting applications, whose internal deadlines can be as early as June; however, it is also very helpful for other postdoc applications with later deadlines in the fall. Dates and times are still TBD, but you can complete the signup form now if you wish.

Schedule for Drop-In Thursday Discussions on topics relating to Graduate Writing (all session in person from 4-6pm)

February 9: An Open Chat with Faculty about Their Writing Process (all disciplines), featuring Professors Michelle Cameron (Anthropology), Melissa Milkie (Sociology), Dan Newman (English), John Ricco (Art History/Comparative Literature), Lei Sun (Statistical Sciences) and S. Trimble (Women & Gender Studies).

February 16: Motivation and Productivity (all disciplines)

March 9: Publishing as as Graduate Student (Humanities & Social Sciences), featuring guest doctoral students Anna Kozak (English), Sneha Mandham (Geography & Planning), Yukiko Tanaka (Sociology), Pocholo Umbal (Linguistics), and one or two more TBD.

March 23: Writing Academic Job materials (all disciplines).

April 13: Writing for non-Academic Audiences (all disciplines), featuring guests Dr Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher ({PhD in Physics, now PDF at the Data Science Insitute), Thomas Dudgeon (Royal Ontario Museum, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Jaime Grimm (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Lauren Vomberg (Psychology), Dr Victoria Wang (PhD in Cell Biology, now MA in Philosophy), and more TBD.