Editing & Improving Your Writing Workshop

As you begin work on your final assignments this year, we’ll work on a range of writing skills to suit your needs: planning, outlining, drafting, editing, and style. Bring your laptop and some work!

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Revolutionize Your Writing Workshop

How can improved writing skills improve your thinking – and your grades? We’ll work on the higher-level skills that academic writing requires, showing you practical strategies to incorporate at any stage of the writing process and in any discipline.

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Writing Consultant positions available: Applications now being accepted

For the Fall/Winter term (2018-19), the Writing Centre at Student Academic Success Services is seeking writing consultants for its 1:1 writing consultation program.

The primary purpose of these positions is to provide writing support to undergraduate and graduate students in order to assist them in becoming more skilled, confident, and versatile writers. Candidates will be required to do some preliminary training and should be prepared to work outside of the regular 9-5 work week (e.g., weekend or evening shifts).

Term dates:  September 10, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (note that actual work hours assigned will likely begin in Week Four of the Fall 2018 term; any required orientation/training will take place in the two weeks prior to beginning work hours, and will be paid).

Work hours: The actual number of hours of work will be determined depending on availability of shifts/demand. The number of hours of work per week can vary from 3 hrs to 14 hrs. The rate of pay is commensurate with the rates specified in the Collective Agreement of Academic Assistants (USW).

Candidates should have a graduate degree, preferably in a writing-related field, and experience with academic writing, 1:1 consulting/tutoring, and/or teaching. Experience working with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, particularly non-native speakers/writers of English, is strongly preferred. For a full description of the position and additional qualifications and skills, please access the following link: Writing Consultant (2018).

We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.

Application process: Apply in writing with a cover letter and resume or CV to Susan Korba, Director of Student Academic Success Services, at korbas@queensu.ca. Applications must be received by  Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Please note that only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

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Critical Reading for Writing Essays Workshop

Finding and reading sources is a vital part of essay writing in any subject. But how can you do this effectively? How do you gather, compare and evaluate material? How do you turn your ideas into an essay outline and draft? We’ll take you through the process step-by-step in this class.

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Editing So That It Makes Sense: Breaking Down Your Thesis Like 1,2,3…

By Lily Zhu, 3rd year Concurrent Education, English and French Student

 

When editing a paper, one of the first things to look at is the thesis statement—for good reason. The thesis statement is the most important component of your essay. It is the MAIN IDEA, which means that everything you argue in your essay should relate back to your thesis.

 

It’s pretty common for a paper to have a strong, argumentative, well-written thesis, but then end up going in a different direction. While you might want to return to that original statement, it’s important to remember that you can adjust your thesis just as much as the rest of your essay. So after exploring your topic in writing your first draft, there’s a way to make sure that your thesis is “up-to-date” before working on your final draft.

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Writing Skills for International Students

What do Queen’s professors look for in written assignments? This seminar, led by professional writing staff, aims to assist students from all disciplines in the development of university-level writing skills.

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