The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is a joint initiative of SGPS, SOGS, and the Writing Support Centre, designed to provide Western PhD candidates in year 4 or above with dedicated time and space for intensive writing. Participating in the retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation, and help establish good writing habits that will enable you to meet future objectives. By providing you with a comfortable, encouraging, and distraction-free space, as well as support from expert writing advisors, we will give you the opportunity to remove yourself from daily distractions and time demands to focus exclusively on dissertation writing. The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for writing your dissertation; it is NOT for conference presentations, course essays, book reviews, etc. The next Dissertation Writers' Retreat is taking place April 18 – 20. Registration is required as space is limited. Registration begins in March. Contact Doug Campbell email@example.com if you have questions or need additional information.
Weekly Thesis Writing Time is dedicated to providing a comfortable, distraction-free space conducive for graduate student thesis writing. This weekly program offers Western Doctoral and Master’s students, who are currently writing their thesis/dissertation, an Internet-free three-hour block of time in a beautiful setting to focus exclusively on writing.
March 2018, sessions are scheduled to be held in Weldon Library, Room 439H.
Please also indicate if you are willing to be the Leadership Coordinator during one or more of the sessions below. There is no fee for participating, but you must be there for the full three hours, agree not to use the Internet, and focus only on thesis/dissertation writing.
Please ensure you bring your own beverages and snacks.
Space is limited in each session. Guaranteed spots will be given to the first 30 students who respond.
This is joint initiative between SOGS and SGPS
Our Graduate Writing Lab (WSS4130a) is a dedicated space for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Located just inside the Writing Support Centre, the Grad Lab offers computer stations, a resource centre, and a comfortable seating area. Graduate students are welcome to use this area Monday to Thursday from 10am until 4pm. In addition, you may reserve this space for academic uses such as seminars or study groups on Fridays. We ask that when you use this space you:
If you have questions or would like to reserve the Graduate Writing Lab on a Friday, please contact Doug Campbell at 519-661-2111 extension 85950 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our general Writing Support Handouts contain explanations and examples of university appropriate English language grammar and style.
Other university writing centres have their own sets of resources. If you have been through our site and are looking for further information or help, check out the following selected list:
Western Libraries has created up-to-date Online Style Guides for academic citations and referencing. Several citation management systems are also available for all Western students, staff, and faculty; this web-based software can help you organize and format your citations.
If you are looking for sources, Weldon Library's subject-specific Research Guides are a good place to begin your search.
The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository site has resources to help you find all the information you might require in order to format and successfully submit your graduate thesis for examination and publication electronically.
Western Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: SGPS
Western Society of Graduate Students: SOGS