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.

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, 02 June10.00am - 11.00amHow assistive technologies can help save time and enhance focus in your reading
Fri, 06 August10.00am - 11.00amUsing assistive technologies to boost your writing productivity
Fri, 03 September10.00am - 11.00amTools to transcribe your data
Fri, 01 October10.00am - 11.00amIdentifying scholarly literature, finding thesis exemplars and storing your data
Fri, 05 November10.00am - 11.00amTBA
Fri, 03 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
Wed, 24 February 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Kingswood K.2.44
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Thu, 18 March 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Campbelltown 24.2.19
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 14 April 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Bankstown 1.1.030
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 12 May 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Parramatta City 1.8.10
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 16 June 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Liverpool 3.8.16
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 14 July 9.00am - 5.00pm On campus:
Hawkesbury 4.G.03
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 25 Aug9.00am - 5.00pmOn campus:
Kingswood K.2.44
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 15 Sep9.00am - 5.00pmOn campus:
Campbelltown 24.2.19
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 20 Oct9.00am - 5.00pmOn campus:
Bankstown 1.1.060
Zoom: 484 793 8103
Wed, 17 Nov9.00am - 5.00pmOn campus:
Liverpool 3.8.16
Zoom: 484 793 8103

HDR Writing Cafes at Western Sydney

HDR Writing Cafes at Western Sydney provide regular and accessible avenues of social writing support on campus once a month. The Writing Cafes provide a space for HDR candidates to meet with peers, discuss their research and work alongside other candidates to progress their work. Look for the stand-up GRS banner at the location - that marks the meeting spot!

The sessions are facilitated by Dr Susan Mowbray, Academic Literacy Advisor for the Graduate Research School.

No registration is required for these sessions - just come along when you can and look for the GRS stand-up banner!

DATETIMEVENUE
Thu, 25 February 9.00am - 11.00am On campus:
Hawkesbury, Picolo Me
Wed, 17 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm On campus:
Parramatta South, near the Bakehouse
Tues, 13 April 1.30pm - 3.30pm On campus:
Liverpool, Cafe Academia
Tues, 11 May 12.00pm - 2.00pm On campus:
Kingswood, near Three Cows
Thu, 17 June 9.00am - 11.00am On campus:
Bankstown, Cafe Bldg 1
Thu, 15 July 10.00am - 12.00pm On campus:
Campbelltown, near Jamaica Blue
Tue, 24 Aug2.00pm - 4.00pmOn campus:
Parramatta South, near the Bakehouse Cafe
Thu, 16 Sep10.00am - 12.00pmOn campus:
Liverpool, Cafe Academia
Thu 21 Oct9.00am - 11.00amOn campus:
Hawkesbury, Secret Garden Cafe
Tue 16 Nov1.00pm - 3.00pmOn campus:
Campbelltown, near Jamaica Blue