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Research Commons services at SFU Vancouver

Writing support

SFU Vancouver graduate students can access various types of writing support through the Research Commons. Graduate Writing Facilitators are available for one-on-one writing consultations, or you can meet with a facilitator to get feedback on the content of an upcoming presentation. Read Ahead consultations provide intensive and extended support for graduate students writing theses, projects, or other longer papers.

Please visit Writing services to find out more or to request an appointment.

Our Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space provides a quiet, dedicated space for graduate students to work on their writing at SFU Vancouver. Sessions will take place in room HC 7400 on Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, September 15 - December 1.  A Graduate Writing Facilitator is available for consultation. No registration is required.

On Thursday, 1 to 5 pm, HC 7400 hosts a Graduate Open Writing Space, without a facilitator, but with the same dedicated writing space for graduate students.

Writing workshops at SFU Vancouver are included in the list of graduate workshops below.

Thesis support

The Library's Assistant for Theses is available to meet with graduate students for formatting and thesis submission assistance.  Appointments can be made using the Research Commons' consultation booking software.  In-person appointments are available at all three campuses.

ESL/EAL support

Please use our Consultation Request form to book a consultation for help with academic reading and writing, speaking, pronunciation, presentation techniques, and more.

NVivo support

Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email ( or in one-on-one consultations. To schedule a meeting, please use the request form on the Consultations page. The Research Commons also offers workshops and other training on the use of NVivo software.

At SFU Vancouver, NVivo is installed on computers in the Belzberg Library. Please see NVivo: Getting Started for information on downloading NVivo to an individual computer.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

Write Conversations: Disseminating your Research: Graduate Student Publication

This workshop is focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with graduate student publication. We will begin with a discussion on audience, the peer review process and responding to criticism. We will then explore techniques and strategies for writing and revising papers for publication. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Other services

Other learning, general writing, and EAL services and workshops are available at SFU Vancouver through the Student Learning Commons.