Academic Writing Support

The Graduate Research School offers a number of initiatives that aim to enhance the research and writing environment for higher degree research candidates at Western Sydney University.

If you have any questions about academic writing support not covered below, please contact Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor with the Graduate Research School.

The '24/7 Writing Room' at Western Sydney

The Writing Room is a virtual 'always open' space where HDRs can work alongside other HDRs to independently progress their research and/or writing. You may use the Writing Room to help establish a regular writing/working routine for yourself, arrange to meet and work alongside other HDRs at specific times, and/or join the scheduled sessions to connect with other HDRs.

The wellbeing of all attendees in the 24/7 Writing Room is paramount and all interactions are expected to abide by the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Student Honour Code. If you experience any barriers that may affect your study, or want to optimise your study, please contact the Counselling ServiceWelfare Service, Disability Service or eCounselling services. These services are available to you free of charge for the duration of your candidature.

To join the Writing Room, log in to Zoom:

Show Up & Write (via Zoom)

DAYTIMEVENUE
Monday, every week
(excluding public holidays)
10.00am - 12.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103
Tuesday, every week7.30pm - 9.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wednesday, every week10.00am - 12.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103

Each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can join facilitated Show Up & Write sessions(opens in a new window) via Zoom. The sessions are open to everyone and use the Pomodoro technique (25 or 55 minutes dedicated writing and then a five minute break). No registration is required - just join in!

First Friday of the Month

As the name indicates, the First Friday of the Month (FFM) sessions will run on the first Friday of each month, from 10.00am - 11.00am, in the 24/7 Writing Room.

To join the session, log in to Zoom:

Each month, we will be joined by a guest presenter(s) and there will be the chance to ask questions, learn more about their area of expertise, exchange ideas, and share your insights and experiences. The FFM sessions provide a space where you can join other Higher Degree Researchers (HDRs) to learn about and use tools and strategies to progress your research and/or writing in a relaxed, interactive space.

Please mark the FFM in your calendar and feel free to email Dr Susan Mowbray with suggestions for topics you want to know more about.

DATETIMETOPIC
Fri, 04 March10.00am - 11.00amIdentifying and using scholarly literature
Fri, 01 April10.00am - 11.00amHow assistive technologies (AT) can help save time and enhance focus in your reading
Fri, 06 May10.00am - 11.00amLocating thesis exemplars and how to use them
Fri, 03 June10.00am - 11.00amHow assistive technologies can help save time and enhance focus in your writing
Fri, 01 July10.00am - 11.00amSearching systematically (great for those thinking about completing a systematic review)
Fri, 05 August10.00am - 11.00amHow assistive technologies can help with transcribing
Fri, 02 September10.00am - 11.00amTBA
Fri, 07 October10.00am - 11.00amTBA
Fri, 04 November10.00am - 11.00amTBA
Fri, 02 December10.00am - 11.00amTBA

Writing Spaces at Western Sydney: WS@WS

Writing Spaces at Western Sydney (WS@WS) are exactly what the name indicates - writing spaces that provide HDRs with a dedicated time to focus on their thesis in the company of others. This may be writing up findings, redrafting a chapter, mapping the methodology, planning the literature review, critically reviewing and summarising literature - whatever needs to be done! You can come to one or all of the sessions, for the whole day, an hour or anything in between! No registration is required for these sessions - just come along when you can!

These sessions run on campus on a weekday once a month and simultaneously in the 24/7 Writing Room (details above). Each session is facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor for the Graduate Research School.

DATETIMEVENUE
Tue, 22 February 9.00am - 4.30pm On campus:
Kingswood XB.3.05
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Thu, 17 March 9.00am - 4.30pm On campus:
Campbelltown 24.2.19
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Thu, 07 April 9.00am - 4.30pmOn campus:
Bankstown 1.1.060
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 18 May 9.00am - 4.30pm On campus:
Liverpool 3.8.16
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 22 June 9.00am - 4.30pm On campus:
Parramatta City 1.8.10
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 20 July 9.00am - 4.30pm On campus:
Kingswood XB.3.05
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Tue, 23 Aug9.00am - 4.30pmOn campus:
Campbelltown 24.2.19
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 14 Sep9.00am - 4.30pmOn campus:
Bankstown 1.1.060
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 19 Oct9.00am - 4.30pmOn campus:
Liverpool 3.8.16
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 09 Nov9.00am - 4.30pmOn campus:
Parramatta City 1.8.10
Zoom: 484 793 8103