The Elements of Academic Reading and Writing Series

This workshop series consists of six 120-minute workshops that lead you through the writing process, from understanding the assignment to editing and revising your paper.

Winter 2022 Schedule:

  • Sciences - Mondays, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Humanities - Wednesdays, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Social Sciences - Fridays, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All times are based on Toronto time, ET. Sessions start on Monday, January 24, 2022 and run until Friday, March 11, 2022. Note that no sessions will run on Reading Week (February 21-25). 

What Will You Learn?

In your work at UTM, you will need to read a lot of scholarly writing, and you’ll also need to do a lot of academic writing, where you will need to learn to write like a scholar or researcher. So it makes sense to develop your understanding of academic writing — both so that you can read it better, and so that you know how it works when you have to do your own academic writing.

In this workshop series, you will develop your critical reading skills — skills you’ll need both when reading other people’s writing, and when creating and editing your own writing. You’ll learn to read faster and more efficiently, and also (even more important) you’ll learn to get the most out of the material you read by understanding its broader research context, being able to critique its arguments and counter-arguments, and being able to perceive — and critique — how authors build up and present these arguments.

This workshop series will help you to become a quicker, more efficient and more discerning reader — and since reading and writing are intimately linked, it will also help you become a better academic writer yourself. Plus, if you successfully complete the series, you will be eligible for CCR credit.

You are welcome to use material from your own courses in this series.

How to Participate

You can come to one workshop that interests you, attend a few of them or attend the entire series.
Register here!

If you wish to earn a Co-curricular Record (CCR) notation on your transcript, you must meet all of the CCR eligibility requirements.

Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Eligibility Requirements

If you wish to receive a CCR notation on your university transcript, you must:

  1. attend at least five of the six workshops; AND
  2. complete four homework assignments; AND
  3. submit a Reflective Writing Assignment at the end of the series.

Time Commitment:

If you wish to complete the entire series, it will take you between 21-40 hours, including:

  • 12 hours for workshop instruction; AND
  • 10.5 hours for the six required homework assignments and Reflective Writing Assignment. Global commentary on each of the homework assignments will be provided.

CCR Attendance Information:

Please allow up two weeks after the conclusion of the final workshop in the series for your attendance to be updated in the online system. Please contact the CCR office if you have questions about your CCR notation.Workshop Schedule & Registration

Weekly Workshop Topics and Winter 2022 Schedule

1: Why Do Academics Write Articles? (Jan. 24, 26, 28)
Description: Understand why articles get written and what they are (and what they aren’t) intended to do; learn to see articles as elements of the ongoing academic discussion and to approach articles critically and with regard to your research needs; learn about peer review.

2: Quick and Efficient Reading Strategies (Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 4)
Description: Learn how to quickly and effectively get the information you need from an article through efficient reading strategies.

3: The Article in the Context of its Field of Research (Feb. 7, 9, 11)
Description: Learn to pick up the clues in the article that let you know how it fits into the broader context of research in its field. Develop reading skills that will help you to integrate the article into your understanding of the field as a whole. Use your knowledge of the article’s larger context to help you read more critically.

4: Identifying and Critiquing Arguments and Counter-Arguments (Feb. 14, 16, 18)
Description: Learn how to map and critique the overall structure of an article; learn to recognize and interpret the 'signposts' that authors use to let the reader know about how they are developing their argument; learn how to reverse outline articles.

Please note: UTM Reading Week - February 22-25, 2022

5: The Basic Element of Academic Thought: The Paragraph (Feb. 28, Mar. 2, 4)
Description: Learn about paragraph structure and how to analyze paragraphs.

6: Words, Expressions and Nuance: Getting the Most Information out of every sentence (Mar. 7, 9, 11)
Description: Learn how to take sentences apart and analyze them; examine how authors build and nuance their meanings through their word choice and how they make their claims; identify “academic” conventions in your field and the reasons behind them.