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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.

Need assistance using Google Hangouts, Zoom or Skype? google docRead our guide on online apps, external link.

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 5pm.

We invite all Ryerson Master's and PhD students to join us for two days of learning at the Graduate Research and Writing Institute. Enjoy the long lasting benefits of an intensive and tailored learning experience dedicated to research and writing. Some topics include:

  • Academic research and writing standards in Canada
  • Narrowing the scope of your research
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Working effectively with committees and supervisors
  • Scholarly research skills
  • Integrating sources, paraphrasing, and citing
  • Revision, editing and proofreading skills …and more!

Fall 2020 dates: Thursday, November 19th, 10am to 1:30pm and Friday November 20th, 10am to 1:30pm.

Check out the google docschedule for the event, external link.

*Time for a lunch break will be allotted each day. 


Writing doesn't need to be isolating. Building community can help! Our Graduate Write-a-thon is our chance to get down to writing, together. 

Whether you’re writing a paper, editing a proposal, or revising a thesis, we invite you to join us for intensive writing time, individual support, and camaraderie! Immerse yourself in your work in a quiet, virtual distraction-free setting. Enjoy dedicated writing space and time, individual support, and a community of peers committed to the same goal.

Winter 2021 date:  

Thursday, April 22nd, 10:00AM-1:00PM

Tuesday, April 27th, 2:00PM-5:00PM

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.