Why take a writing course?
Writing at the graduate level is challenging. For many students, this will be the first time they've been expected to produce publication-quality scholarship. Take a Graphos writing course to:
- Understand and master the conventions that govern writing in your field.
- Learn the fundamental maneuvers that academic writers employ to craft their arguments.
- Become a skilled self-editor—essential for ensuring clarity and coherence.
- Learn to summarize, critique, and situate your work alongside existing scholarship in the field.
Who may enrol in a writing course?
Students enrolled in a graduate program at McGill. If you are currently in the thesis evaluation or per credit non-thesis program, you are able to register for a course, but you will be responsible for the fees associated with those categories, along with the fees associated with the Graphos course.
McGill postdoctoral fellows and non-McGill graduate students may be able to register for Graphos courses as "Special Students" on a case-by-case basis (please contact us at graphos [at] mcgill.ca for more details).
- Strategies WCOM 635
- Fundamentals WCOM 645
- Cornerstones WCOM 642
- Pronunciation WCOM 655
- Presentations WCOM 652
- Literature Review I WCOM 661
- Literature Review II WCOM 662
Calendar Description: Key language learning strategies for expressing complex ideas in academic work. For graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: strategies for building productive scholarly vocabulary; self-editing techniques to address grammar, syntax and mechanics.
Fundamentals of Academic Writing in English WCOM 645 (formerly CESL 641)
Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines whose first language is not English: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments. Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization, and style. Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions. Audio feedback and multiple drafts.
Cornerstones of Academic Writing WCOM 642 (formerly CEAP 642)
Calendar Description: Key strategies for graduate students across disciplines: reading scholarly texts for structure; learning to apply these structures in writing assignments. Four cornerstones of academic writing: audience, purpose, organization and style. Identifying and targeting audiences, clarifying the purposes served by different writing projects, organizing ideas, and developing mastery of rhetorical and stylistic conventions. Audio feedback and multiple drafts.
Pronunciation for Effective Communication WCOM 655 (formerly CESL 651)
Calendar Description: Developing pronunciation skills for effective communication in academic settings with emphasis on features of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer and self-assessment.
Fundamentals of Academic Presentations WCOM 652 (formerly CEAP 652)
Calendar Description: Developing and delivering academic presentations, with emphasis on how to structure content, critically evaluate content, and use rhetorical devices to enhance clarity. Oral practice, and various forms of feedback and assessment, such as instructor, peer, and self-assessment.
Literature Review I: Summary and Critique WCOM 661 (formerly CEAP 661)
Calendar Description: Responsible and effective engagement with other scholars’ work in order to summarize and critique research literature. Focus on economic use of language and techniques for mobilizing existing scholarship in service of an original research project.
If you have completed CEAP 643: Literature Reviews and Scholarly Niches, you would see little benefit from enrolling in CEAP 661: Summaries and Critiques.
Literature Review II: Establishing Scholarly Niches WCOM 662 (formerly CEAP 665)
Calendar Description: Situating original student research in existing scholarship through analysis of literature in a discipline; application of techniques for framing contributions.
Recently launched courses:
WCOM 614 (formerly CCOM 614) "Communicating Science to the Public"
Production of written and oral assignments designed to communicate scientific problems and findings to varied audiences in English. Analysis of the disciplinary conventions of scientific discourse in terms of audience, purpose, organization, and style; comparative rhetorical analysis of academic and popular genres.
WCOM 676 (formerly CEAP 676) "Thesis Writing Lab"
Writing and revising of a chapter or manuscript for structure, clarity, cohesion, and disciplinary conventions; practical strategies for writing and rewriting productively; techniques for organizing ideas and editing for flow; in-class writing labs and exercises; peer review; and instructor audio feedback.
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The University has established a tuition sponsorship arrangement for Graphos 1-credit courses such that McGill graduate students in certain degree programs who register for and complete these courses do not have to pay extra tuition or copyright fees.
Eligibility by Program: If you are currently enrolled in a doctoral program or thesis-based Master’s program, and you are not in your 'thesis evaluation' term, then you are eligible for tuition sponsorship. If you are in a non-thesis program, you would be responsible for any fees associated with registration in these courses.
Please note that if you are in thesis program but in the 'thesis evaluation' stage, you must register as a "Special Student" in the School of Continuing Studies, and you will be responsible for the fees associated with those categories, along with the fees associated with the Graphos course. Also, if you are considered to be externally-sponsored—that is, you have a sponsor outside of McGill (e.g., your home country’s embassy or cultural bureau) to whom your entire tuition bill is sent—then your external sponsor will be billed for the cost of the course. If your external sponsor will not pay for these courses, please contact graphos [at] mcgill.ca to see how you might be added to the University's sponsorship.
Eligibility by Completion: Once you are registered for a course, you must also complete the course—that is, you must remain in the course and submit all required assignments in a timely fashion. If you do not submit all required assignments, you will earn a mark of “J” at the end of the term. In these cases, students initially eligible for sponsorship will have the tuition and copyright fees added back by Student Accounts.
If you decide to drop the course (no record on your transcript), you must do so before 11:59 pm on the date of the second class meeting. After the add/drop deadline, you can only submit a withdraw request in Minerva and may incur a financial cost. If you withdraw from the course before 11:59 pm on the date of the third class meeting, this request is considered "withdrawing without financial penalty" - and you would earn a mark of "W" on your transcript but you would not be responsible for the tuition and copyright fees. After this point, should you submit a withdraw request before 11:59 pm on the date of the fourth class meeting, this request would be considered a "withdraw with financial penalty." If so, you would earn a "W" grade on your transcript and be charged the tuition and copyright fees, even if you were initially eligible by program. Graphos courses finish before the end of the regular term, and the University's standard add/drop and withdrawal dates do not apply. Before registering, please consult the section below for more details about Graphos add/drop/withdraw deadlines because these dates are determined by the specific day of the week that the class meets.
Graphos courses are classified by the University as "extra to program" and therefore cannot be counted toward any degree requirement, the sole exception being the non-thesis Master's program in Second Language Education, toward which only WCOM 642, WCOM 645, WCOM 661, and WCOM 662 may be counted: since these credits count towards completion of the program, the costs associated with the Graphos courses are included in the tuition bill.
If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please send an email with your McGill ID and your program to graphos [at] mcgill.ca.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you are eligible for sponsorship, tuition and copyright fees will be assessed when you register. The amount of the fees will depend on your residency status and your program (thesis or non-thesis). Student Accounts provides an updated table with Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Spring/Summer 2022 tuition and copyright fees by residency and program. While charges will appear when you first register for a Graphos course, if you are eligible for the sponsorship, the Graphos tuition and copyright fees will be credited back to you in one to two weeks' time. Any delay is because these charges have to be credited back manually by someone in the Student Accounts office. No action is necessary on your part, though you can confirm if Student Accounts has made the change by viewing the details of your 'Account Summary by Term' (not your e-bill). To access this menu, click on the Student tab in Minerva, click on Student Accounts Menu, find and click on Account Summary by term, then select the term. You should locate the Detail Code for WPPI (in the Description of Grad Writing Course Sponsor Payment) and under Payments/Credits, you can see the amounts that have been credited back.
Please note that amounts vary every year, so this link to Student Accounts will contain the most accurate information.
|RESIDENCY AND PROGRAM||1-CREDIT TUITION (Academic year 2022-2023)||COPYRIGHT PER CREDIT (Academic year 2022-2023)|
|Quebec Students (thesis and non-thesis programs)||$93.24||$1.06|
|Non-Quebec Canadian Students (thesis and non-thesis programs)||$291.01||$1.06|
|International Students (in thesis programs)||$638.49||$1.06|
|International Students in non-thesis programs only||varies based on admittance date, see Student Accounts||$1.06|
Graphos 1-credit courses run on a 10-week schedule in the fall and winter. While the University's standard add/drop and withdrawal dates do not apply, there is a Graphos-specific add/drop period, as well as a period within which you may withdraw, with or without financial penalty. For each 1-credit course in the Summer term, the add/drop and withdraw dates are determined by the day of the week when the class meets. Be sure to review the information below.
For each 1-credit course in the Fall and Winter terms:
- the add/drop period runs up to 11:59 pm on the date of the 2nd (second) class meeting. A course that is dropped before this deadline will not appear on your transcript.
- you may withdraw from a course without a financial penalty up to 11:59 on the date of the 3rd (third) class meeting. The course will appear on your transcript with a mark of "W".
- you may withdraw from a course with a financial penalty up to 11:59 pm on the date of the 4th (fourth) class meeting. The course will appear on your transcript with a mark of "W". Even if you are eligible for sponsorship by program, by withdrawing from the course at this time, you would be responsible for the tuition and copyright fees associated with the course (even if you were initially eligible by program).
- to withdraw from a course after the 'withdraw with penalty' deadline, you must submit a Course Change Request form available at Student Records Forms to your academic unit. If your unit supports your request, then they will forward the request to the Management of Academic Records Office, Enrolment Services, along with the recommendation from your Graduate Program Director (GPD). Refer to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the registration and withdrawal policies for graduate students. NOTE: If your academic unit does not support your request for withdrawal after the deadline, you will still be responsible for the fees associated with the course, and the course will appear on your transcript with whatever mark you earn in the course.
|For Fall 2022:|
|If the section in which you are enrolled begins on… Class start||Monday, September 12||Tuesday, September 13||Wednesday, September 14||Thursday, September 15||Friday, September 16|
|...you can drop* the course before 11:59 pm on:||Monday, September 19||Tuesday, September 20||Wednesday, September 21||Thursday, September 22||Friday, September 23|
|...you can withdraw (W grade) without a financial penalty** before 11:59 pm on:||Monday, September 26||Tuesday, September 27||Wednesday, September 28||Thursday, September 29||Friday, September 30|
|…you can withdraw (W grade) with a financial penalty*** before 11:59 pm on:||Monday, October 03||Tuesday, October 04||Wednesday, October 05||Thursday, October 06||Friday, October 07|
* A course that is dropped by this deadline will not appear on your transcript.
*** The course will appear on your transcript with a mark of "W." Even if you were initially eligible for sponsorship, by withdrawing from the course before this date, you would be responsible for the tuition and copyright fees associated with the course.
Read our FAQ for other important information about Graphos 1-credit courses.