Perfecting the Academic Paragraph | GPLL51


Before you can write a successful paper, literature review, thesis, or any other academic work, you have to learn how to perfect the paragraph. Adopting the strategies for creating cohesive ideas, impactful statements, and a logical flow is crucial to any academic writing career.

Applicable to graduate-level writers of all backgrounds, the Perfecting the Paragraph workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the most common mistakes that lead to unconvincing, unclear writing. Taking the paragraph as an “idea” unit, the workshop looks at the formulation and purpose of the topic sentence. It then focuses on paragraph structure, development of the main idea, transition to the next paragraph, punctuation, style, and vocabulary.

This workshop is particularly useful for non-native English speakers. Please note that this workshop focuses on basic elements and tips important for academic paragraph writing.

This workshop is divided in three segments. The first segment will present the basic elements of an academic paragraph. The second segment will overview useful tips and resources to keep in mind while writing. In the third segment, participants will review a writing sample as part of a peer-reviewing exercise. In a supportive environment, the instructor and participants will provide feedback on randomly assigned, anonymous writing samples based on the information presented in the previous two segments. Since writing samples are anonymous, participants are highly encouraged to submit their own writing samples to be peer-reviewed during this segment.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate the elements of the academic paragraph
  2. Review tips and resources for paragraph composition
  3. Evaluate example paragraphs for their composition

Leaders Information

Arsenio is a PhD candidate in the Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Concordia. His research is focused on using artificial intelligence to investigate how changes in sleep can predict the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and how physical activity and sleep influence cognition in older adults. Before coming to Montreal, he completed an MSc and DPhil (PhD) in Evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, UK and a BSc, MSc and doctorate in the US. Arsenio has experience conducting clinical research, peer-reviewing, and publishing papers. When not at the lab, Arsenio is an avid reader, cook, and equestrian.

Participant Feedback

"It was a very helpful for me to know what to look for and include (and not include) in my paragraphs and paper. Being someone who has the tendency to ramble on, I feel like having the power point slide and questions as I go through it will help me to edit and cut out things and make my paper better than before I took the workshop. Thank you!"
-Masters (Arts and Science)


Event details

Workshop location

Sir George Williams

Start date

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

End date

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Workshop days



From 12:00 to 14:00


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Additional details

This workshop has a $25 non-attendance fee

Registration deadline

Sunday, January 14, 2024