Thesis Workshops and Online Tutorials

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You are encouraged to attend a workshop on thesis formatting and submitting your thesis to the library before your defence.  


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Thesis Writing Group [Online]

 About Thesis Writing Group

Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice! Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on their writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers.

What you can expect

Thesis Writing Group will be held via Zoom. It will be hosted and moderated by members of the Graduate Writing Facilitator team, who will be available for writing support, along with a Librarian for research support. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. The sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:00 am – 12 noon for 9 weeks, starting Friday, October 7, 2022 and concluding December 9, 2022.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! Like the Research Commons' Thesis Boot Camp that many of you may be familiar with, the group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals in small groups before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in a breakout room. The 3-hour sessions will conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

 Registration is for nine weeks

Registration is available for all 9 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow, and that those who would like to join but know in advance that they will not be available to attend one or several sessions to please let us know in advance. Similar to Thesis Boot Camp registration, this is to ensure that we offer ample resources to best support students dedicated to making serious progress on their theses during this time period.

Please register by Wednesday, October 5 at 4:00pm, after which registrants will be contacted with a confirmation and further instructions.

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Robyn Long, Graduate Writing Services Coordinator, at



Register for upcoming workshops

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, November 25, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Online Tutorials: Using the Thesis Word Template

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Online Tutorials: The Thesis Submission Process

The Thesis Submission Process (to the Library) - a recording of the workshop delivered on March 31, 2022 (58min 39s)

A breakdown of major video sections:

How to apply an electronic signature to the SFU Thesis/Dissertation Non-Exclusive Copyright License (NECL) (1min 30s)