Join Writing Centre Coordinator Heather MacDonald, for weekly workshops that will answer some of the most popular questions addressed at the Writing Centre.

Each workshop will take place live on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM. Workshop recordings will also be uploaded onto the website for you to access asynchronously.

Register in advance for the workshop by visiting and clicking on the Fall Workshop Schedule.

After you have registered, you will receive a Zoom invitation about 15 minutes before the workshop starts at your STU EMAIL ADDRESS.  Please attend this workshop using the Zoom invitation - you do not need to log in to WCOnline a second time.


Online Research 101
October 6

Have you received an assignment that asks you “do research”? Join this workshop to learn the most efficient way to start researching your assignment, and how to approach research so you get the most done in the least amount of time!

This workshop covers:

  • What does it mean to “research” for a university-level paper?
  • How do you get started started with a research project, and what steps do you take?
  • What are some hot tips and tricks for searching the Harriet Irving Library Online holdings?
  • How do you keep track of the research you are doing so you can use it the most effectively?

Watch the live recording of the workshop


Writing a University Essay: The Basics
October 13

Writing any kind of essay at the university level can sometimes seem like a huge task, but once you break down the parts, it is a pretty simple formula to follow! Join this workshop to learn what we expect from a university-level academic paper, and how to write one, with a specific focus at the end on how to write an argumentative essay.


This workshop covered:

  • The basic formula for writing a paper
  • What do I write in an introduction?
  • What do I write in a conclusion?
  • What do I write in my body paragraphs?
  • Essay Focus: How to write an argumentative essay

Watch the live recording of the workshop 

Crash Course: APA
October 20

APA is now in it’s 7th edition, and some of the rules have changed. Maybe you have never even used APA at all before! This workshop covers the basics of APA, and specifically:


  • An overview of why we use APA and what that means
  • How to do in-text citations: a quick formula
  • How to do a reference page
  • What is a narrative citation?
  • What is a parenthetical citation?
  • Using unbiased language
  • Changes from the 6th edition to be aware of

Watch the live recording of the workshop

Access the workshop PDF here


How to Use Research in a Paper
October 28

You may have collected lots of interesting research, but how do you actually incorporate it in a paper, and what parts do you use? Join Heather MacDonald, Writing Centre Coordinator, to learn multiple ways to use research in your writing including:


  • How to paraphrase
  • How to incorporate direct quotes
  • How to vary the ways you incorporate paraphrases and quotes
  • When it is appropriate to quote and paraphrase

Watch the live recording of the workshop


Support for Thesis Students
November 3

If you are a third or fourth-year student who is writing a thesis or planning to write a thesis, this can be a challenging time of the semester for you. Join Heather MacDonald, Writing Centre Coordinator, to talk about ways to stay productive and write more; and as a bonus, connect with your fellow thesis-writing peers as a way to keep motivated!


This workshop will cover:

  • How to overcome writing barriers
  • How to stay organized
  • How to write more
  • How to stay motivated