Presentations and Workshops

We offer a number of workshops: drop-in/open workshops for students, presentations and workshops for graduate students, and specific and by-request workshops in classes and for groups. If you’re here to request a writing workshop for your class, please click below to fill out the appropriate form.

Request a Writing Workshop/Presentation

Request a workshop/presentation on avoiding plagiarism 

Drop-in/Open WorkshopsGraduate WorkshopsFaculty/TA Requested WorkshopsPast Workshops



Free group workshops are offered in the fall and winter terms on a variety of key topics. These workshops are designed with undergraduate students in mind, but all students, both undergraduate and graduate, from all faculties and programs, are welcome to attend. Workshops are drop-in, but please come early to secure a seat. If there is a workshop you cannot attend but would like to, please email the Academic Skills Outreach Coordinator.

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The Workshop Schedule is posted by early September and early January. Our schedule includes topics like memory skills, distraction-free work spaces, time management, procrastination, drafting an exam study schedule, quantitative problem-solving in math and science, writing an essay or multiple-choice exam, and much more.

The full list of workshops and details is listed on our Event Calendar. No need to register – just drop in and bring a friend! All workshops are in Room 121 of Stauffer Library unless otherwise specified; event locations may change.

“How to study for…”: First-Year Course-Specific Workshops

Students presenting to a large group of students in a libraryThese workshops do not cover course content. Instead, they give first-year students the opportunity to learn from upper-year students called Peer Learning Assistants who have taken these courses in the past. You will learn effective ways to prepare for that course’s particular exam type.

Check our workshop schedule in early November or March to see if we are offering a course-specific exam prep workshop in your course topic.



20130904-GB-Law-Lecture113SASS offers learning and writing workshops for graduate students in two ways: by request, and through the School of Graduate Studies Expanding Horizons series.

To find the current workshops offered and to register, please visit the Expanding Horizons page.




Request a Writing Workshop/Presentation Request a workshop/presentation on avoiding plagiarism 


WHAT’S A WRITING PRESENTATION/WORKSHOP? A writing workshop/presentation provides a clear, focused, concrete, and expert explanation of the academic writing process for your students, ensuring they have a better sense of how to write a good paper. We’ve been doing this successfully for over twenty-five years at Queen’s, with undergraduates, graduate students, and staff.


In requesting a writing workshop/presentation, you have a number of options to choose from:

WHO WILL DELIVER THE WORKSHOP/PRESENTATION?  One of our expert academic writing staff, talking to students in your class, tutorial or student group, for either 50 minutes or 100 minutes, depending on your class’s schedule.

WHEN: Whenever you book it for your class or group, depending on the presenter’s availability. We do require two weeks’ notice from the time you submit your request form (below).

WHERE: Typically, writing workshop/presentations can be delivered in your classroom, during one of your scheduled class or tutorial times.  If you are a student requesting a workshop for a group of your peers, you will need to book space for the workshop; Speaker’s Corner or Stauffer 121 in Stauffer Library are good options and can be booked through the Stauffer Library front desk.

WHY: Feedback from years of workshop delivery tells us that students feel they benefit significantly from our direct, concrete, and eye-friendly workshop presentations. These events do much to take anxiety and mystery out of the experience of writing in an academic context. We know too that the better a student’s work is, the easier it is to evaluate, so the 50 or 100 minutes of class time that a workshop presentation takes is a good investment in marking time saved later!

HOW: So easy! Just click here, complete all the information we need to prepare and deliver your workshop, and submit. The Workshop Coordinator will contact you with confirmation of the workshops date, location, time, and to go over any additional details.

Examples of past workshops

Past Workshops

Looking for slides from one of our recent workshops? They can be downloaded from the links below.

If you’re looking for more resources, our website is full of great strategies and tools. If you would like more support with your writing or study habits, you can book an appointment with a Writing Consultant or a Learning Strategist.

Writing Workshops

Learning Workshops

(Coming soon!)


For more workshops, check out our Event Calendar. No need to register! All workshops are in Room 121 of Stauffer Library unless otherwise specified; event locations may change.