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.

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.

To join the Writing Room, log in to Zoom:

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 in the 24/7 Writing Room (details above) and are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor.

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 Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thu, 20 August 8.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 16 September 9.30am - 4.30pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thu, 15 October 9.30am - 4.30pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 18 November 9.30am - 4.30pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103

Saturday Thesis Sessions: STS@WS

Saturday Thesis Sessions operate on the first Saturday of each month in the 24/7 Writing Room (details above). These once a month sessions allow HDRs to attend/schedule a regular and dedicated writing time to focus on progressing their research/thesis. 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!

The first two hours (9.00am - 11.00am) are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor.

DATETIMEVENUE
01 February 8.00am - 6.00pm EB.3.35
Parramatta South
07 March 9.00am - 6.00pm TBA
Parramatta South
04 April 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom
02 May 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 9926 862 066
06 June 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 9926 862 066
04 July 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 9926 862 066
01 August 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 9926 862 066
05 September 9.00am - 6.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
03 October From 9.00am Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
07 November From 9.00am Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
05 December From 9.00am Zoom ID: 4847 938 103

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

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 Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 19 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thurs, 17 September 8.00am - 10.00am Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Wed, 14 October 1.00pm - 3.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103
Thu, 19 November 11.00am - 1.00pm Zoom ID: 4847 938 103

Show Up & Write (via Zoom)

DAYTIMEVENUE
Monday, every week
(excluding public holidays)
10.00am - 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
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!

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.