Study Week at the WLC

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:00pm

The OCAD U Writing & Learning Centre will be offering support throughout Study Week! 

We support you with and assignment from any class, studio to liberal arts & sciences. Our approach is collaborative and facilitative: we believe that students and tutors both take part in directing the discussion and identifying the goals of the meeting. 


How it Works:

  • Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis: no appointment needed!
  • You are free to work in room 512 before and/or after a session
  • Drop-In sessions last for 15 minutes, and are best for quick questions and feedback
  • Drop-In sessions are open to any current undergraduate student

During Study Week, Drop-In will run Tuesday - Friday from 1-3pm at the WLC, 113 McCaul Street, level 5. 


In addition to drop-in tutoring, we are offering the Drop-In Writing Studio on Friday, February 22nd between 1-3pm

Drop-In with any writing assignment, at any stage. Work on your writing in a cozy, warm space with tea, snacks, and a supportive peer tutor on-hand for any questions or feedback. 


Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre, MCC 512 113 McCaul Street, level 5
416.977.6000 ext. 229
study week programming and schedule

Resume Building Workshop

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Visual and Critical Studies Program and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) invite you to the Resume Building Workshop on January 25, from 3:30pm -5:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships! Please come with your laptop and a physical copy of your most recent resume. 


Date: Friday, January 29 2019

Time: 1:30-3:00

Location: 3rd Floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St. 


Please RSVP here. 

Venue & Address: 
3rd Floor of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St.
"Resume Building Workshop Jan 29 2019, 1:30pm - 3:00pm"


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:45am to Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies (JVCS) collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academia at OCAD U and beyond. Contributors will be invited to the Journal’s launch as a part of GradEx 2019.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U Community. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]:
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]:
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]:
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a ONE to TWO sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: Third-year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

To learn more about the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies and to read past volumes, please visit

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8, 2019

Read more about JVCS and other student-run groups:

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Writing Across the Curriculum Roundtable

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Title: Scaffolding Undergraduate Creative Experiential Learning: Effective Practices and Lessons Learned from a First-year Design Studio.

Presenters: Saskia van Kampen, FoD


This presentation will examine how the use of scaffolded assignments helped students adapt to new ways of learning and making. These assignments incorporate writing across the curriculum theory (WAC) and strategies for student learning. An important issue that this research raises is that creative processes are not chronological—they vary depending on the assignment and the individual student. This creates a variety of challenges that need to be addressed in advance of or during an assignment that is scaffolded. The central question focusing this research is: Can creative design processes, so unique to individuals, be scaffolded and if so how?

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512 113 McCaul
WAC Roundtable March 22

Thesis Café Writing Workshop

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

Thesis Café

Writing Workshop



Are you working on writing for your thesis / workshop / final 4th year project?


Would you like a place to workshop your writing, get helpful tips and share your work with other students?


The Thesis Café is Open to students in all programs working on their thesis projects.


Please join us for two workshops by the Writing Across the Curiculum Initiative, to kick start your writing for the final 4th year project: 

March 9: Strategies for Completing the Final Draft

March 16: Editing your Final Draft


The workshops will be followed by lunch and time to workshop your ideas with peers. Faculty members from FoLASSIS and FoA, and a writing consultant will also be available for consultations.


In room 512, 113 McCaul, at 12-2pm.


Please RSVP:

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thesis Cafe March 9th and 16th at 12-2pm

Writing Through the Creative Wall: The Student Perspective on the Role of Writing

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

One of the most common questions art or design students have with regards to writing is “why do I need to do this?” The link between creative visual practice and written communication is not always visible, and shedding light on this relationship is one of the goals of the WAC initiative. One of the ways writing helps creative practice for students is making unconscious intents and outcomes evident, which can help them work through creative blocks. Understanding student views and experience of this process is essential for improving approaches to teaching and learning. This roundtable will be facilitated by the WAC Student Fellows, Donya Aref and Calum Csunyoscka, with presentations by students from FoA, FoD and FoLAS/SIS.

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre, Thursday January 25, 2018 12:00 PM-1:30 PM 113 McCaul, Room 512
416-977-6000 ext. 2787
WAC Roundtable: Thursday January 25th 2018

INK Semester 2 Workshop: A refresher of academic essentials

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Welcome to semester #2, first year students! The Writing & Learning Centre is offering a short "INK Refresher" workshop to help you review and refine your study skills. Join us to discuss your first semester at OCAD U and to review strategies for note-taking, time management, critical reading, and more.

Facebook event page:

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre 512 MCC (5th floor, 113 McCaul St)
416.977.6000 ext 229
Image of INK: Academic Essentials logo

Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP)

Photo of students
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:00pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am

The Long Night Against Procrastination is back! This overnight event provides a space for students to focus on their assignments, with quick access to support from the Writing & Learning CentreOCAD University Library, the OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre, and others.

What can you expect from LNAP?

  • All night tutoring by the Writing & Learning Centre 
  • Research support from OCAD U Librarians
  •  Health & Wellness Centre Break zone
  • 11.00 PM Pizza Dinner
  • All night snacks and beverages
  • Prizes from Above Ground Art Supplies
  • 7:00 AM Healthy Breakfast 

Please join us in the Great Hall -- we will be there from 8pm to 8am! 

Facebook Event page for OCAD University's LNAP 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall, 100 McCaul St
No cost. Please bring your student ID.

VERNACULAR: Weekly Meetings

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Weekly meetings are held Thursdays in the Learning Zone!
3:00 to 4:30 PM

Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. See this and other student-run groups at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street (Level 1) or enter through 122 St. Patrick Street
Vernacular graphic

sBook: Futures of the Book

The goals of the sBook project are to develop a unifying information architectural framework for readers, writers and publishers that ties together emerging standards; and to invent new forms of functionality and interoperability to achieve our design vision. The name “sBook” refers to the qualities of the intended experience:

  • Simple: the pleasure and beauty of human readable pages
  • Social: developing context and community through social media tools
  • Searchable: the power and practicality of electronic text
  • Smart: intelligent recommendations both within and beyond the work
  • Sustainable: effective use of material and energy throughout the lifecycle
  • Synchronized: can be updated by author and publisher
  • Scalable: open platform supporting new products, services, experiences

sLab's vision goes beyond the limited model of most existing ebook systems (such as Amazon’s Kindle) by fully supporting annotating, quoting, comparing, searching, taking notes, and sharing, a process which may be described as “active reading” and which many commentators view as the threshold that must be met for the support of true knowledge work rather than simple leisure reading [Golovchinsky 2008, Sellen and Harper 2002]. sLab claims that emerging digital text infrastructures (search and retrieval systems, social media) are increasingly good at facilitating collective and institutional textual practices such as citing, referencing, curating, publishing, managing, etc. However, they are not very good at facilitating personal textual practices such as highlighting, commenting, annotating, etc. This bias stands in contrast to that of paper texts, which facilitate personal practices while making social and institutional ones more complex.

A number of competing systems, open and proprietary, exist for sorting, delivering and engaging with texts. The focus of this project will be to explore why, when and how these solutions need to inter-operate, and to develop new pathways, 'middleware', and interface technologies that assist in connecting the pieces and experiences together. The first design task is to create a framework that maps and relates emerging standards, systems, and devices, working together and with external partner organizations to create innovative bridging of digital and paper text solutions.

Following from this phase will be the development of prototype displays, applications, and devices that seek to make use of and extend this framework, calling attention to the advantages of an open, shared and accessible infrastructure. In addition to these human experiential benefits, the sBook framework seeks to foster significant advances in sustainability by developing expectations and business models for print-on-demand, reducing needless inventory. The development of the sBook framework starts from three specific attributes of reading we see as important and in need of critical attention and material support:

  • Reading occurs in a variety of spaces, places and at different times
  • Reading is social practice that involves other people, collectives, and institutions
  • Reading is an active process in the productive trajectory of intellectual work (that might include thinking, writing, making, linking, etc) rather than a passive process of consumption.

Given these precepts, the sBook framework is oriented towards conserving the valuable aspects of both digital and paper-based text. It is obvious that current text solutions foster and develop these aspects of reading to different degrees -- and for different reasons. Digital text solutions make personal rather than institutional distribution of texts more possible, but are currently limited in order to maintain traditional economic models of publishing. Ebook software standards and devices make markup and highlighting of text (important aspects of active reading) difficult, whereas paper copies encourage these practices. Key to our understanding of these issues is that they involve material and technical development as well as institutional change. The sBook framework does not discriminate between social, organizational, and technical development – it shall encompass all of these.


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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lab Member: 
Greg Van Alstyne
Evi Hui
Garry Ing