Upcoming Events

To register for events, fill out the forms linked below or contact me directly at daniel.newman{at}utoronto.ca. Note that you must provide a UofT email address to fill in the forms. The list below is not exhaustive. For general information, see my Writing Support page.

Featured below:

  1. Writing Tuesdays: a weekly writing camp (January 12, 2021 – ).
  2. Dissertation & Article Working Group (Life & Physical Sciences) — Nov 1 – Dec 6 2021
  3. Roundtable with faculty on Writing Academic Cover Letters (Earth Science / Physical Geography / Environmental Sciences)
  4. Peer-review sessions for NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR CGS-M research proposals (November 17 or 18, 1-3pm)
  5. A First Glance at Turning Your Dissertation into a Book (Humanities (November 22, 1-3pm)
  6. Getting Started on Writing Your Dissertation (Social Sciences) (November 24, 1-3pm)
  7. Dissertation & Article Working Group (Life & Physical Sciences) — January 31 to March 7, 2022

Don’t see something for you? Contact me to suggest topics for workshops or roundtables in your department. Writing support activities are slowing down somewhat from June – late August 2021. But it’s never too early to ask about workshops or other events in the fall.


Selected Fall 2021 Events (and some scheduled Winter 2022 events)

Writing Tuesdays (9:30-3:00 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 will start again for its 2021-2022 year on September 7, but you can join anytime. For more info, see here. To join, fill out this form.

Dissertation & Article Working Group for life & physical scientists (Nov-Dec 2021). These groups (DAWGs) provide a structure and community to help graduate students in life & physical sciences write more, faster and better by reducing common impediments like isolation, insecurity, anxiety, lack of accountability and lack of feedback. The November DAWG is now full, but you can now add your name to the list for the Winter 2022 DAWG running on Mondays from 1-3pm from Nov. 1 to Dec. 6 (six weeks, including a break on Nov. 22). You can read more about these groups here and, if you still are interested after reading through the description, you can fill this form to express your interest in participating this fall.

Roundtable on Writing Academic Cover Letters (Earth Science / Physical Geography / Environmental Sciences)(Nov. 11, 10am-12pm). This roundtable allows students to hear faculty perspectives on strong (and weak) academic cover letters in fields related to Earth Science and Physical Geography. After brief opening remarks by the faculty members, the roundtable will open up to questions from students. In addition to cover letters, students can ask about other application documents like teaching and/or research statements. Register here.

Peer-review session of Tri-Council (SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR) research proposals (CGS-Master’s) (Nov. 17th 1-3pm or November 18th, 1-3pm): a chance to have feedback on your proposal from two fellow grad students. Highly recommended! sign up HERE

A First Glance at … Turning Your Dissertation into a Book (Humanities) (Nov. 22, 1-3pm). What is the difference between a dissertation and the book it will become? Why can’t I write the monograph version now? What presses should I approach with, and what would that entail? This discussion-based workshop is designed to put the topic of turning a dissertation into a book on the radar of advanced doctoral candidates. You can sign up for it here.

Getting Started on Writing Your Dissertation (Social Sciences) (Nov. 24, 1-3pm). When is it time to stop researching and start writing? HOW can I start writing? Do I know enough to write? This workshop, mainly discussion but also featuring some pre-writing and writing strategies for starting on your first chapter, is designed for doctoral candidates (ABD) in Social Sciences. You can sign up for it here.

Dissertation Working Groups (DWGs) (Jan-Apr 2022): these groups of doctoral candidates meet biweekly to workshop drafts of the dissertation in progress. We also do small writing exercises and learn relevant principles of dissertation and article writing. Please read more about the DWG here before completing this form to express your interest in participating. Groups are capped at 10 participants.

Dissertation & Article Working Group for life & physical scientists (Jan-Mar 2022). These groups (DAWGs) provide a structure and community to help graduate students in life & physical sciences write more, faster and better by reducing common impediments like isolation, insecurity, anxiety, lack of accountability and lack of feedback. The first DAWG of the 2021-2022 academic year has been scheduled: it will run on Mondays from 1-3pm from Jan. 31 to Mar. 7 (six weeks, including a break on Feb. 21). You can read more about these groups here and, if you still are interested after reading through the description, you can fill this form to express your interest in participating this fall.

Coming up in 2022 (dates TBD)

Winter 2022: Workshops including “Turning a Dissertation Chapter into a Journal Article” (Humanities), “Getting Started on Your Dissertation” (Humanities), “Writing Conference Abstracts” (Social Sciences), and “Writing Effective Sentences” (Life & Physical Sciences). Possible new openings in my Dissertation Working Groups (Humanities and/or Social Sciences). A new Dissertation and Article Working Group (Life & Physical Sciences).

Spring 2022: Postdoc Proposal Working Groups; Postdoc Proposal modules; and more….