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Digital Dissertation Writing Group Cafés

Working on a dissertation in the faculty of LA&PS? Join a community of fellow graduate writers. The Writing Centre’s graduate writing specialists will help you focus, goal set, project-manage, stick to a timeline, collaborate with committee members and connect with peers.

The Writing Centre is offering three Fall term sessions beginning on Wednesday September 8th, Thursday September 9th, and Tuesday September 14th. While we are all very aware of the unique pressures and difficulties that Graduate Students face at the best of times, we especially understand the added stress and anxieties being confronted currently. This service is designed to support those students who are able to work on their dissertations at this time.

This very popular eleven-week Café is designed to help PhD students make writing progress, connect to a larger writing community, and stay focused/return focus on their dissertations. Multiple one-to-one appointments with the Writing Centre’s graduate writing specialist are included with registration and provide focused and detailed attention to drafts and plans. The Cafés are limited to approximately ten PhD writers and the Writing Centre specialist, and preference will be given to those writers past the proposal stage.

The Cafés are synchronous sessions that run online Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9:15am - 12:15pm. As this service is offered remotely, interested students will need a stable internet connection in order to fully participate. University-approved software such as Zoom and/or Teams will be used to facilitate group writing sessions, as well as the Writing Centre’s platform, WCONLINE. All of these are free to York University students.

Student Testimonials

I had the absolute pleasure of participating in the graduate student café in the summer of 2020. I cannot stress enough how important it has been to me as a graduate student. It has had a positive impact on my writing and the direction of my research. When I began graduate studies, it was with the desire to find an intellectual community to challenge me and help me develop my thoughts. After seven years at York University, I can honestly say that this offering helped to fulfill these goals. Our café was a community of scholars, who have continued to meet as a group over Zoom since it ended. I would definitely recommend this to other students.

— Tyler Ball
PhD Candidate, Department of English

My sessions with Keith O'Regan in the Thesis Writing Cafe were highly effective in equipping me with valuable knowledge and skills specific to the challenges of producing a doctoral dissertation and fostering a supportive community of peers. Keith was always prepared for each session with a relevant and engaging topic for discussion, while also being open-minded to any topics that group members hoped to discuss. He was an excellent moderator of the discussions by always leaving space for people to first parse out their own ideas and concerns, before offering insightful and empathetic input of his own.

— Davis Vallesi
Graduate Student

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