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For workshops held at the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library, registration is recommended; however, we encourage interested students to drop by the workshop, as last-minutes spots can open up. Scroll down for link to the QLC registration page:

Return of the Essay

This workshop builds upon and reinforces what you began to learn about university essays in the fall term. We will explore how to:

  1. Strengthen the thesis statement
  2. Plan out the essay
  3. Write persuasive paragraphs, and
  4. Proofread

We will also talk about all those pesky details you need to address in order to bump that mark up: checking for coherence, creating great transitions, revising for clarity, and much more.

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, January 15, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Use the Force: The Research Paper in the Social Sciences & Humanities

This workshop will take you through the research paper’s first steps (understanding the task, finding resources, coming to a thesis, outlining the body) through to the writing stage (paragraph logic and integrating secondary materials) and on to the revision stage (proofreading for clarity, tone, coherence, and style).

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. – 3: 20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Technical Writing Strikes Back

This workshop is for students who need to write reports of various kinds. Here, we’ll focus on producing a document that creates a record, explains a procedure or process, makes recommendations, and/or persuades toward action. You’ll learn to do this by:

  1. Visualizing your purpose and audience
  2. Planning and pre-writing
  3. Thinking in paragraphs
  4. Developing a clear writing style

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, February 12, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Find Your Jedi Writing Style

Developing a great writing style isn’t a matter of talent or happy accident; it’s about being able to see where your text has drifted away from your topic, where you language has gone muddy, where passive voice has crept into it against your will. This workshop offers an exploration into how to write with focus, clarity, concision and dynamism.

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, February 26, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Writing An Honours Thesis in the Sciences

This workshop is offered twice:

Friday, February 27, 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Friday, March 13, 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121

Grammar: Beware the Dark Side

This workshop takes you on an intricate and strangely fascinating tour through the five most common grammar errors, with useful detours into the how-to-fix realm. You’ll learn tricks you never knew about how to make your writing error-free, and thus more highly appreciated by your instructors. Happy instructors means happier marks!

This workshop is offered once:

Thursday, March 19, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Stauffer Library 121




Expanding Horizons: Revising Academic Writing & Eliciting Feedback from your Supervisor

Monday, January 12 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Gordon 325A (Career Services)

Click here to register for graduate workshops




Human Resources: Business Writing Essentials

Friday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mac-Corry B176

Click here to register for Staff workshops: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/apps/training/




Policy Studies: Selecting/Editing Submissions for Scholarly Journals

Tuesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Sutherland 412

Global Development Studies: The Essay in 2nd Year

Friday, February 6, 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
BioSciences 2111

Political Studies: The Upper-Year Research Paper

Tuesday, February 10, 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Stauffer Library Speaker’s Corner

Politics 110: The Research Paper

Tuesday, February 24, 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. ; 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Dunning Auditorium

Health Sciences: Writing a 3rd Year Research Paper

Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
KHS 106

English 100: Grammar Workshop

Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Geography 857/801: Thesis Writing

Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Mac-Corry D214

Faculty of Education: Grammar Workshop

Wednesday, April 22, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Duncan MacArthur Hall



The Writing Centre offers workshops tailored to individual group needs. Please note that the Writing Centre requires at least two weeks’ notice to tailor a workshop to your group. Click here to Request a Workshop.