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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the following initiatives are being offered online via Zoom. Use the links below at the relevant times to join the sessions.

Writing Spaces at Western Sydney: WS@WS

Writing Spaces at Western Sydney (WS@WS) are exactly what the name indicates - dedicated and supported writing time to focus in the company of others. These sessions are currently being offered via Zoom and are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor.

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!

DATETIMEVENUE
Thu, 20 February 8.00am - 6.00pm Z.G.64
Kingswood Campus
Wed, 18 March 8.00am - 6.00pm 23.G.41
Bankstown Campus
Thu, 16 April 8.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 20 May 8.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thu, 18 June 8.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 15 July 8.00am - 6.00pm O.1.5
Kingswood Campus
Thu, 20 August 8.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Bankstown Campus
Wed, 16 September 8.00am - 6.00pm 11.1.5
Campbelltown Campus
Thu, 15 October 8.00am - 6.00pm Memorial Hall, R8
Hawkesbury Campus
Wed, 18 November 8.00am - 6.00pm Room 39, Level 3
Parramatta City Campus

For more information about WS@WS, please contact the Graduate Research School at grs.hdr@westernsydney.edu.au.

Saturday Thesis Sessions: STS@WS

Saturday Thesis Sessions provide research candidates with a regular, facilitated and self-directed writing space where they can focus on progressing their research/thesis for an extended period of time. 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!

STS@WS run on the first Saturday of each month at Parramatta South Campus from 9.00am to 6.00pm. All research candidates at any stage of their candidature are welcome to attend. 1:1 support to discuss you work is available by appointments made on the day.

DATETIMEVENUE
01 February 8.00am - 6.00pm EB.3.35
Parramatta South
07 March 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
04 April
Registrations
9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 9926 862 066
02 May 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
06 June 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
04 July 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
01 August 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
05 September 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
03 October 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
07 November 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
05 December 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South

For more information about academic literacy support, contact the Graduate Research School at grs.hdr@westernsydney.edu.au.

Saturday Workshop Sessions: SWS@WS

Each month, as part of the STS@WS, a Saturday Workshop Session will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm. Each month's workshop will cover a different aspect of managing and sustaining progress during the thesis process, as per the schedule below.

Note: Registrations for these workshops are separate to the STS@WS registrations and may have limited places, as advised.

DATETOPICPRESENTER
01 February Cultivating Balanced, Productive and Sustainable Doctoral Writing Practices Dr Michelle Jamieson
07 March Navigating the Literature Review Dr Susan Mowbray
04 April TBA TBA
02 May TBA TBA
06 June TBA TBA
04 July Writing Research Papers Based on Thesis: Planning and Implementation Prof. Ataur Rahman
01 August TBA TBA
05 September TBA TBA
03 October TBA TBA
07 November TBA TBA
05 December TBA TBA

HDR Writing Cafes at Western Sydney

HDR Writing Cafes at Western Sydney provide regular and accessible avenues of social writing support, currently being hosted online via Zoom. HDR candidates can join the sessions to meet other HDR candidates, discuss their research and/or work alongside other candidates in an online social space.

The sessions are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, GRS Academic Literacy Advisor.

No registration is required for these sessions - just come along when you can!

DATETIMEVENUE
Wed, 19 February 2.00pm - 4.00pm Oliver Brown Cafe
Building 1
Bankstown
Thu, 19 March 8.00am - 10.00am Near Jamaica Blue Cafe
Food Hub, Building 2
Campbelltown
Wed, 15 April 2.00pm - 4.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Tues, 19 May 3.00pm - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 17 June 2.00pm - 5.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thu, 16 July 8.00am - 10.00am Oliver Brown Cafe
Outside Building 1
Bankstown
Wed, 19 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm Jamaica Blue Cafe
Food Hub, Building 2
Campbelltown
Thurs, 17 September 8.00am - 10.00am Piccolo Me Cafe
Stable Square, Building 4
Hawkesbury
Wed, 14 October 1.00pm - 3.00pm Bakehouse Cafe
Under the overhang, Building EA
Parramatta South
Thu, 19 November 11.00am - 1.00pm Three Cows Cafe
Food Hub, Building O
Kingswood

Shut Up & Write (via Zoom)

DAYTIMEVENUE
Monday, every week10.00am - 12.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103
Tuesday, every week10.00am - 12.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103
Tuesday, every week7.30pm - 9.00pmZoom ID: 4847 938 103

Each week, Susan hosts online Shut Up & Write sessions(opens in a new window) via Zoom. The sessions are open to everyone and use the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes dedicated writing and then a five minute break). When we officially finish the session, we will have a virtual chat over a cuppa and get to know each other! No registration is required.

We hope to see you at a session for some dedicated writing and to connect with others in the research community.

Wednesday Shut Up & Write (via Twitter)

Each Wednesday morning from 10.00am to 12.00pm, Billy hosts an online Shut Up & Write session(opens in a new window) via Twitter. The session is open to everyone and uses the Pomodoro technique (25 minutes dedicated writing and then a five minute break).

No registration is required - just join when you can!

Shut Up & Write @ Western Sydney University(opens in a new window)

We hope to see you at a session for some dedicated writing and to connect with others in the research community.

Online Thesis Writing Groups

Online Thesis Writing Groups are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor. Typically, TWGs have up to three participants and meet once a fortnight via Zoom for up to two hours at a time convenient to all members. This may be within or outside business hours. Participants share and critique their writing and the writing of other members of the group with members sending up to five A4 pages of writing to their peers 48 hours prior to the planned session. This allows time for all members to review the work and formulate their comments and any questions. At the meetings, each member’s piece of writing is discussed and reviewed for up to 30 minutes with the facilitator returning the reviewed piece of writing to the author with comments, suggestions and queries in track changes.

Online Thesis Writing Groups are an informal and supportive space where students can discuss their research, ask questions of peers and share any concerns/issues they may be encountering, as described by two members here.(opens in a new window) These groups help to reduce isolation and promote candidates’ sensibilities and skills in providing constructive feedback and explaining their research to other audiences.

If you are interested in joining an Online TWG, please contact s.mowbray@westernsydney.edu.au.