Academic Integrity Workshop

Learning how to use and cite visual and textual sources can be challenging. This workshop provides clarity around how sources can be used, why they should be documented, and how to document them appropriately. It will introduce you to some practical strategies for tracking your visual and textual research, reading, note-taking and paraphrasing that can help you effectively integrate your research into your writing and making processes.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
2:30pm - 4:30pm
510 MCC 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
512 MCC

To register, please email 


Academic Skills Training: On Track for Success

This training reviews a variety of academic skills and offers time for you to practice using strategies for success. After completing an activity to determine your own academic strengths and barriers, we will work through activities designed to help you:

  • Manage your time and energy
  • Set realistic learning goals and stay motivated
  • Improve your note-taking and critical reading skills
  • Address difficult situations such as working under pressure
  • Manage your workload and deal with procrastination
  • Identify where and how to access help at OCAD U throughout your program

Friday, November 29, 2019
1:30 - 4:30pm
512 MCC

To register, complete the form at: to external site


Communication Skills Workshop Series

Are you feeling lost at OCAD U? Do you need to write a draft or to practice a presentation? Do you want to get to know new people, but still get work done?

Find your way to the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) this fall to meet students from across programs and work on your assignments and projects in a welcoming environment.  

  • Improve your language and communication skills
  • All undergraduate year levels, programs, and students welcome
  • Support for ELL students (English Language Learners)

These sessions will be facilitated by Phoebe Wang, ELL Consultant, and will be held on Tuesdays at 4:00pm in room 512 MCC (Annex Building).

Unplug Yourself and Write
Bring any assignment you need to work on, and show up and write in quiet. You do not need to share your writing or to give critique, but afterwards you are welcome to chat about your process, successes and challenges.
Tuesdays: September 17, October 8, and October 29, 4pm-6pm
Rm 512 MCC (Annex building)
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"So What Do You Think?" Strategies for Speaking and Sharing
It takes practice to learn how to transform thoughts into questions and discussion points. Avoid the awkward silence by finding ways to engage more and to share your unique stories and points of view. 
Tuesday, September 24, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Rm 512 MCC (Annex building)

"You've Got Three Minutes": Pitching and Presenting Yourself
Classic, utilitarian, structured, edgy, eclectic -- how would you describe your style? This workshop will help you to describe your influences and aesthetics using descriptive visual language and to communicate your creative choices with clear and purposeful intent.
Tuesday, October 22, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Rm 512 MCC (Annex building)


Learning Skills Workshop Series

This Fall, join us at the Writing & Learning Centre for a series of skill-building workshops, including:

Set Yourself Up for Success!
In this workshop we will discuss strategies for making sure your academic year is off to a good start. 
Rescheduled to September 17, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 512 MCC

Exam Study Strategies for VISC-1001
Build your study skills to prepare for the VISC-1001 midterm exam.
October 1, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 512 MCC
Space is limited. Please register here:

Build Your Creative Power
Practice activities you can use to generate ideas and push your creative blocks.
October 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 512 MCC

To register for any of these workshops, please email






Thesis/MRP Intensive for Graduate Students

Application Deadline has been extended to FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22.  

The Thesis/MRP Intensive is a writing “boot camp” for students moving toward Thesis/MRP completion. This writing program is designed to help you maximize your productivity in a supportive, minimal-distraction environment. Personalized WLC support will be available throughout, and you will learn and practice strategies for getting through rough patches and turning out a draft.

There is a short application process to ensure students are prepared for the Intensive and willing to commit to all five days of the program, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Space is strictly limited to 12-15 participants. Snacks and lunch are provided.

The program fee is $150; if you would like to participate but cost is a concern, please contact Financial support may be available.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 15. In advance of the Intensive, students are asked to meet with their PAs to discuss goals and deliverables. You may also wish to meet with one of the WLC's Graduate Writing & Learning Consultants to prepare for maximum productivity.

December 9 - 13, 2019
9:30am - 4:00pm

To apply, complete the application form.


SUAW: Show Up And Write for OCAD U Graduate Students

Show Up And Write is a writing community for OCAD U Graduate students. Come by with whatever you're working on and keep writing in the company of others. 

Every Tuesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
7th floor, 205 Richmond 


First-Year Fridays

First-year Fridays is a monthly community for new first-year OCAD U students from any program. Bring your lunch, meet other students, and talk about experiences relevant to where you are in your studies in first year. 

This program is facilitated by Xulin Wang, OCAD U Illustration program graduate and Peer Tutor at the Writing & Learning Centre.

Join us at any or all of the sessions this Fall:

Friday September 13th, October 4th, and November 1st, 2019
12:00 - 1:00pm
512 MCC (5th floor Annex building, 113 McCaul St