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Graduate Student Support

We offer services for Master’s or PhD students. Book an individual appointment to discuss research papers, grant applications, theses and dissertations. Graduate students can join a graduate writing group, meet with a dissertation coach, or attend our Dissertation Retreats to develop academic skills specific to graduate education.

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Book an appointment with a graduate support consultant for one-on-one help with academic writing, research, grant applications, dissertation writing, and more.

Want to make real progress, while supported by a distraction free atmosphere and an expert writing tutor who will help you move through any specific writing blocks? 

Turn off your phones and notifications for 3 hours and join us for coffee and silent graduate writing sessions. We will not be talking, reading or whispering. We will be writing non-stop for 3 hours. We ask that you arrive on time to minimize interruptions to your peers.

This group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm.

We offer interactive workshops on a variety of graduate-focused writing topics, designed to help you become more familiar with the essential skills necessary for academic success in graduate school, and invite you to interact with your peers.  Each workshop consists of two parts (50-minutes each) offered in tandem: a) Instructional (Theory) and b) Peer-review (Practice).

Upcoming Workshop Schedule :

  • Effective Academic Reading for Graduate Studies - January 19th, 1:00 pm - 3 pm
  • Getting Started on an Academic Paper (Including an MRP, thesis, or dissertation) - February 2nd, 1:00 pm - 3 pm
  • Ethical Scholarship for Graduate Writing - February 16th, 1:00 pm - 3 pm
  • Introduction to Writing About Research Methods - February 16th, 1:00 pm - 3 pm

You can register for the workshops here by selecting “Graduate Student Support” and then “Workshops”.

Feeling stuck in the writing process for your PhD dissertation? Meet with a dissertation coach to develop writing strategies, set up an accountability system, and receive direction and feedback on the written components of your dissertation

How it works:

  • Submit a request for a 50 minute 1-on-1 appointment with a dissertation coach
  • The initial appointment will include an informal needs assessment and goal setting
  • Subsequent sessions will focus on the progression of your goals and providing feedback unique to your writing needs

What we can help with:

  • Developing a writing plan and goals  
  • Providing an accountability system
  • Tailoring feedback on to your writing and approach
  • Providing solutions to issues that arise such as writer's block, motivation, productivity
  • More!

PhD students who are at the “all-but-defended” (ABD) stage of their program are invited to our residential Dissertation Retreats. 

The Retreat offers a rare opportunity for Ryerson PhD students to immerse themselves into their dissertation work in a quiet, distraction-free setting, where they can enjoy dedicated writing space and time, individual writing support, and a writing community of peers committed to the same goal.

Retreats are be postponed due to COVID-19.

Did you know?

Graduate students who use English as an additional language can participate in many of our Writing & Language Support programming, such as English Conversation Groups, ECS Classes, Conversational Connections, Speaking & Listening appointments and Grammar/Supported self-editing appointments.