Workshops, Writing Camps, and Advanced Writing Group

The GRAD Centre has an exciting line-up of activities throughout the academic year. Please join us for expert advice on writing, oral communication, or statistical analysis skills. Please note that places are limited for the GRAD Centre activities. Registration is based on a first-come-first-served basis.

NIE lecturers / Part-time consultants who specialise in academic communications will facilitate workshops on topics such as preparing graduate students for conference presentation, thesis research proposal writing, and training on statistical analysis.

Places are limited, so please register early when the workshops become available.

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Research Proposal Workshop 05 Feb 2018, 2 - 4 pm NIE7-01-TR715 Dr. Arlene Bastion
Oral Presentation for Academic Purposes 08 Feb 2018, 2 - 4 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Dr. Arlene Bastion
Using TiddlyWiki to Manage Your Writing 09 Feb 2018, 4 - 5 pm NIE7-01-TR714 Asst/P Kee Ying Hwa Adrian
A conversation will not become a thesis, but an argument will 13 Feb 2018, 3 - 5 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) A/P Gillian Kidman (Monash University, Australia)
Teacher Professional Identity | Academic Publishing 21 Feb 2018, 2 - 5 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Prof Perry den Brok (Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands)
The anatomy and life-course of the thesis: an exploration for postgraduate researchers and their supervisors 01 Mar 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Prof Andrew Brown
Multiple Regression: Analysing Correlational Study Data 16 Mar 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Dr. CHENG Yuan Shan
Language Resources for Effective Academic Writing 02 Apr 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE7-01-TR714 Dr. Anneliese Kramer-Dahl
Introduction to statistics and statistical reporting in social science research 11 Apr 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) A/P Doris CHOY
Getting Published – How to make an Editor Happy? 18 April 2018, 3 - 5 pm NIE7-01-TR714 A/P Gillian Kidman (Monash University, Australia)
Application of Rasch Measurement in Educational and Language Assessment 02 May 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE3-B1-21 (Virtual Lab) Asst/P Vahid Aryadoust
Planning and Writing Academic Research Proposals 07 May 2018, 4 - 6 pm NIE7-01-TR714 Dr. Anneliese Kramer-Dahl
Communicating Your Research Effectively to Non-Experts 1 Jun 2018, 3 - 5 pm NIE7-01-TR714 A/P YAN Yaw Kai
Common Statistical Procedures and How to Apply them in Research 20 Jun 2018, 3 - 5 pm NIE7-B1-14 (Cauchy Lab) Dr Clarence Green
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Join us for a morning brunch where graduate students come together to discuss effective ways of writing. The writing camp will last for 5 days. On Days 1-3, graduate students will gather and work on their own writing (e.g., confirmation documents, dissertations, and research papers) for up to 6 hours per day. Days 4 and 5 will be interactive practical sessions, in which a consultant will give feedback as well as teach and guide the process of peer reviews and collaborative learning among the students. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring and share their actual writing, so that we can offer concrete suggestions to help you improve the quality of your work.

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Writing Camp 19-23 June 2017 (9 am – 5 pm) NIE7-01-TR715 Asst/P Cheung Yin Ling and Dr. Arlene Bastion
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Learn to provide constructive and effective feedback to your fellow students in academic writing. Peer-to-peer review is a collaborative practice in education, where students give ideas and constructive feedback to each other as they hone their writing skills. Our experienced trainer has researched in the area of peer-assisted learning, with emphasis on ways to enhance the training of writing tutors.

If you would like to volunteer your time and expertise and be part of the peer-to-peer learning initiative, please email us at We welcome participation by all NIE PhD students, EdD students and faculty members. Your contributions will be recognized as service to NIE.

Feedback for P2P Feedback Sessions

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Peer-to-peer Feedback Training 2017 19 Aug 2017 (9 am – 3 pm) NIE7-01-TR715 Dr. Arlene Bastion
Peer-to-peer Feedback Training 2018
(No walk ins. For PhD students who have registered for the training.)
5 Nov 2018 (Mon), 11am - 1pm
7 Nov 2018 (Wed), 11am - 1pm
9 Nov 2018 (Fri), 11am - 1pm
NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) A/P Cheung Yin Ling,
Ms Sun Xiaoya, Ms Angelia Wong, and Mr Jeremy Ng
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This writing group will meet with the GRAD Centre consultant. Each session will offer 1 hour of writing skills instruction and approximately 1 hour of writing practice on the participants' own writing projects (eg. Critical Inquiry paper, term paper, research proposal etc)

Register at the Events Page

Event Date & Time Venue Facilitator(s)
Writing Abstract and Introduction 18 Jan 2018, 2-4 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Dr. Arlene Bastion
Writing Literature Review 25 Jan 2018, 2-4 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Dr. Arlene Bastion
Writing Methodology & Results 29 Jan 2018, 2-4 pm NIE7-01-TR715 Dr. Arlene Bastion
Writing Discussion & Conclusion 01 Feb 2018, 2-4 pm NIE7-02-08 (Seminar Room) Dr. Arlene Bastion
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Online & Academic Resources

Link & Description University/Institute
Purdue Online Writing Lab Purdue University
Centre for Writers - Resources University of Alberta
Advice on Academic Writing University of Toronoto
Academic Writing Resources Arizona State University
The Writer's Handbook The University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Navigating the PhD Workshop Series Michigan State University
Pamphlets on Common Writing Situations Indiana University Bloomington
The Writing Centre - Handouts The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Link & Description University/Institute
Catalogue of Books on Writing

  1. Books on the Process of Reading & Writing
  2. All-Purpose Handbooks
  3. Books on Writing in Specific Disciplines
  4. Books on Business & Technical Writing
  5. Books on Writing for Graduate Students
  6. Books on Style, Language Use & Grammer
  7. Books and Software for Learning English as a Second Language
  8. Handbooks on Documenting Sources
  9. Books on Study Skills
University of Toronto
Other useful books on academic writing

  1. Williams, J. M., & Bizup, J. (2013). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (11th ed.). New York: Longman *
  2. Creswell, J. W. (2005). Educational research:Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.*
  3. Field, A. P. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS. London, England: SAGE Publications.*
  4. Salkind, N. J. (2014). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.*
  5. Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. *
* Available at NIE Library
Link & Description University/Institute
NIE Libris Online Video Resources
  • The Good Presentation
  • The Good Doctorate
  • The Good Supervision
National Institute of Education, NTU
Paraphrasing videos
  • What does my instructor want?
  • How do good writers get started?
  • How do I cite my sources correctly
Carnegie Mellon University
Podcast Archive
  • Citations
  • Thesis Statements
  • Primary Sources
  • Grammer as a Higher Order Concern
Michigan State University

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