Graduate Writing Programs

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the VITAE Partners offer a number of writing workshops and programs to support graduate student research and scholarship.



Every Wednesday, noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Thistle 253 (TH)

Each 2-hour session will begin with a 20 min facilitated conversation or presentation on topics related to writer and writing. The rest of the time; we’ll write.

Wednesday, January 11: Write on! Goal setting is a customary new year tradition and an essential component of a writing practice. Join academic writing consultant Dr. Daveena Tauber and Brock’s Dr. Michelle McGinn for a short goal setting exercise that will help you ‘write on!’.

Please visit the VITAE Calendar for the full #WriterlyWednesday schedule.

Grad Course: Advanced Writing Seminar

Looking for support to improve your academic writing?

Consider enrolling in EDUC 5P94: Advanced Writing Seminar. This graduate course provides an interdisciplinary approach to scholarly writing and publishing. We explore stages of the writing and publishing cycle in relation to personal interests, and a sense of self as writer. The course is open to students from all disciplines. For details >>


Writing for Funders

Wed, Sept 27, 2017 at 12 Noon
Writing for funders is a process the marries strategic development and persuasive prose. During this session, we will discuss a general ‘recipe’ that you can use to inform the actual writing of your application components. With almost 13 years of success as a scholarship and research grant recipient, Dr. Rachel Hirsch brings her expertise and experience to this informal session acting as a facilitator and discussant.

To be successful in writing a funding application, you need to know


  1. Yourself
  2. Your project
  3. Your funder
  4. Your adjudicators

In preparation for our discussion, please identify:

1. The kind of funding/funders that you are interested in
2. The eligibility requirements of the funder/funding program
3. How applications to the funding program are evaluated
Dr. Rachel Hirsch is an award-winning scholar and research facilitator, offering expertise in research development and knowledge mobilization stemming from almost eight years’ experience working collaboratively with academics and community groups across Canada and internationally. In 2010, she completed her SSHRC funded, award-winning doctoral work on the social dimensions of residential pesticide policy change at the University of Western Ontario in Geography. From 2010-2013, she developed a collaborative research program focused on building research and evaluation capacity on the topic of knowledge translation and food security in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Nain, Nunatsiavut (Labrador). During this time, Dr. Hirsch was lead or co-lead on multiple grant applications for community-administered research and program funds totaling over $135,000 including a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. From 2014-2017, she was the Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) Projects Facilitator during which time she bolstered research imaginations leveraging more than $204,000 in external research grants and contracts ($1.5 million pending review).
Now, as an Office of Research Services Research Officer, Dr. Hirsch is the main point of contact for Brock faculty members planning to apply to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as well as other similar external funding bodies.

Past Sessions

Show me the money!

Scholarship Proposals that go ‘CA-ching’
On Friday, Sept. 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Pond Inlet, sixty graduate students attended a panel discussion to learn how to write a compelling proposal and application that ultimately
sparks the interest of the adjudication panel.

The 2016 presentations were livestreamed and recorded, unfortunately due to technical difficulties only the last 20 minutes of the video was rendered. We have recovered video footage from the 2015 ‘Show me the Money’ which is also posted below.

Powerpoint slides for 2016 ‘Show me the Money’ are available here >> final-show-me-the-money-2016

2015 ‘Show me the Money’

Panelists: Joffre Mercier,Tim Murphy, Ryan McCarthy, Julia Polyck-O’Neill and Aly Bailey

2016 ‘Show me the Money’ (Ryan McCarthy, Office of Research Services)

Co-hosted by Faculty of Graduate Studies, Office of Research Services and Learning Services.

Take Control of Your Academic Writing

Become a (Grad) Writing Ninja

Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Pond Inlet
In academia, no matter the discipline, at the end of the day the
product is the same: a paper. Learn how to refine your research, work
with theory, and situate your voice within in your field.

Presented by: Stephanie Culp, A-Z Learning Services
Co-hosted by A-Z Learning Services and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.