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. Postdoctoral Research Proposal Working Group (Social Science & Humanities) — June 3 – 24, 2022
  3. Module of Postdoctoral Research Proposals (two groups: Life & Physical Sciences + Social Sciences & Humanities) — June 2022
  4. Dissertation Working Group (Humanities) — biweekly on Fridays 10am-12pm, Sept – Dec 2022
  5. Dissertation Working Group (Social Sciences) — biweekly on Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Sept – Dec, 2022
  6. Fall 2022 SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR/Vanier workshops–multiple workshops: see dates below.

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 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 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.

Working Group for Post-Doctoral Research Proposals (Social Sciences or Humanities: Banting, SSHRC, Killam, Mellon, etc): June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10am-12pm.The group meets four times in June to learn about and work together on the research proposal component of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship application. Groups are capped at 8 and selection will be very competitive; priority will be given to those applying for a Banting fellowship and/or those applying to a postdoc for a second or third time. You can read more about them and express your interest in participating here.

Module on Writing Strong Post-Doc Research Proposals. A two-session module: the first session outlines strategies for writing an effective research proposal; the second offers a chance to have your draft proposal read and workshopped by two of your peers. This module will meet twice: first for an overview of writing strategies for research proposals (June 3, 10am-12pm for Social Sciences and Humanities; June 10, 1-3pm for Life and Physical Sciences), then for a peer-review session (June 22, 1-3pm for all participants). This is the early version of the module, designed to get you started long before the deadline (strongly recommended); the module will also run in the late summer/early fall of 2022, and you can attend either one, or both. You can sign up here.

Dissertation Workshop Groups (DWGs) (Sept – Dec 2022): these groups of doctoral candidates meet biweekly to workshop drafts of their dissertation in progress. We also do small writing exercises and learn relevant principles of dissertation and article writing. I am now accepting expressions of interest for participants in the two Fall 2022 groups, one for Humanities (Fridays 10-12) and another for Social Sciences (Wednesdays 10-12). Please read more about the DWG here before completing this form to express your interest. Groups are capped at 9 participants.

Fall 2022 Research Proposal workshops for Tri-Council scholarship (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Vanier)

I’ve scheduled most of my field-based workshops on writing strong proposals for NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and/or Vanier applications. Enrollment for all the workshops below is through this FORM.

CHEMISTRY: Wednesday August 24, 1-3pm (on Zoom)

ENGLISH (TBD)

VANIER Proposals for Humanities & Social Sciences: Wednesday August 31, 1-3pm

PHYSICS and ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS: Thursday September 1, 10am-12pm on Zoom

BIOLOGY (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Cell & Systems Biology; Evolutionary Anthropology): Thursday September 1, 1-3pm on Zoom

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Friday September 2, 1-3pm on Zoom

LINGUISTICS (including linguistics in language departments): Wednesday September 7, 1-3pm

ETHNOGRAPHY & ARCHAEOLOGY fields (Anthropology, Religious Studies, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, etc): Thursday September 8, 10am-12pm on Zoom

MATH and STATISTICS (NSERC Committee 177): Friday September 9, 1-3pm

POLITICS and related fields (Economics, Social Psychology, etc): September 12, 1-3pm

GEOGRAPHY (Physical) and EARTH SCIENCES (NSERC Committee 168): September 13, 10am-12pm

HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY (SSHRC Committee 2, including historical and philosophical research in NMC, Religion, Philosophy, History, History & Philosophy of Science, East Asian Studies, Classics): Wednesday September 14, 1-3pm

GEOGRAPHY & PLANNING and related fields (Criminology, Sociology, etc): Friday September 16, 12-2pm

LITERATURES/DRAMA/CINEMA/ART (SSHRC Committee 1): Monday September 19, 4-6pm

MASTER’S SSHRC (Thursday Nov 10, 10am-12pm)

MASTER’S NSERC/CIHR (Thursday Nov 10, 1-3pm)