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Personal Statements: Writing

The personal statement is written for admission to graduate and professional programs at academic institutions like UBC. But what does personal mean in an academic context? How do writers construct an appropriate professional identity? Research shows that personal statements must reflect the values of the profession, and that the personal self you construct in the statement must be a relevant self. That is, relevant to the chosen profession.

This workshop draws on research to introduce participants to some of the typical stylistic features of the personal statement, such as personal narrative, identity construction, and self-promotion, and includes dedicated time for participants to revise a statement and receive feedback from the facilitators and other participants. Therefore, this workshop is most useful for those with a draft of a personal statement underway.


Workshop Facilitators: Dr. Patty Kelly (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication);

Liam Monaghan (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication); Yilin Wang (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)


Location Details

*Irving K. Barber Learning Centre*
*Dodson Room*
Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
  Graduate     Undergraduate  
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Research Commons     Writing  
Dr. Patty Kelly, Liam Monaghan, Yilin Wang

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Dr. Patty Kelly, Liam Monaghan, Yilin Wang

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