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Graduate Writing Retreat

June 11, 2019 - 13, 2019

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The CWSC is pleased to announce the launch of its Graduate Writing Retreat, a three-day event held in the beautiful historic core of UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Any and all graduate writers enrolled at UBC are welcome to register free of charge, whether they plan to work on a research article, a master’s thesis, a doctoral dissertation, or any other piece of writing relevant to their studies.

In addition to catered lunch, coffee, and snacks, the GWR will feature a number of pedagogical supports, including an opening panel discussion between CWSC staff, Writing Studies faculty, and graduate students across the disciplines; writing consultations with CWSC staff and trained doctoral-student consultants; and self-reflexive writing practices such as goal-setting and reflection. Most of all, the event offers a chance to write extensively in a relaxing, contemplative, and collegial setting.

Note: Participants must commit to attending all three days (June 11, 12 and 13)


10 am Opening Panel Writing Consultations Writing Consultations
11 am – 1 pm Writing Writing Writing
1 – 2 pm Lunch Lunch Lunch
2- 4 pm 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Goal Setting

2:30 – 4:00 pm: Writing

Writing Writing
4 – 4:30 pm Reflection Reflection Survey and GPS Resources


Patty A. Kelly holds a doctorate in rhetoric, writing, and discourse studies. As Program Manager for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC), she uses evidence-based pedagogies to design and deliver writing services and programs that enhance scholarly communication across the disciplines.

Jonathan Otto holds a doctorate in geography with a focus on development and environmental justice. As a Lecturer in Arts Studies in Research and Writing (ASRW), he draws on the concepts of writing situation, genre, and disciplinarity to challenge his students to embrace research and writing as social and political practices.

Eury Chang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre and Film. Prior to coming to UBC to embark on his dissertation, he worked as a professional editor and writer in the non-profit sector. His academic articles and reviews can be found in journals (Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Literature) and anthologies published by Playwrights Canada Press, the University of Wisconsin Press, and Arsenal Pulp Press.

Tayo Olarewaju is a PhD student at Peter A. Allard School of Law, where he attained a Master of Laws degree. He is currently exploring the intersection of Corporate Law and International Criminal Law. Tayo has business and law degrees from Africa, Europe and North America, and is completing what might be his final one. He is interested in discussing avenues of improving writing practices.

Susan Sechrist spent 20 years as a professional technical writer and editor, combining an education in engineering math and science with a love of writing and language. As an Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student at UBC, Susan researches how mathematical and scientific ideas are explored and explicated in literature and fiction. She’s been experimenting with these intersections as the feature writer for Go Figure, a blog about literature and math, and as a creative writer – her first short story, “A Desirable Middle” was published in the eclectic Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.


Patty A. Kelly (see above)

Liam Monaghan is Program Coordinator of the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication at UBC. He holds a B.A. Hons. in English from the University of Lethbridge, a B.Ed. in English Language Arts Education from UBC, and an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, where he wrote his thesis, “Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” He has published scholarly work in The Dalhousie Review and non-fiction in Alberta Views. Liam is also a theatre artist whose plays have been produced in Halifax, Lethbridge, and Victoria.

Eury Chang (see above)

Tayo Olarewaju (see above)


Registration opens on Monday, May 13 at 9:00 am.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to participate. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.


June 11, 2019 - 10:00 am
June 13, 2019 - 4:30 pm


Irving K Barber Learning Centre
1961 E Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Y3 Canada
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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies