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What academic writing is, and how to get better at it

A 90 minute zoom workshop for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral researchers (am 22nd October) followed by 6 x 30 minute bookable appointments (am 23rd October)  to discuss your individual writing challenges.

The mystique surrounding academic writing tends to discourage researchers from questioning its fundamentals for fear of betraying ignorance. Yet even experienced academics struggle to define the characteristics of good writing in their discipline. In this participative workshop, we strip back academic writing to its fundamentals, discover its roots in Greek philosophy and embrace a growth mindset in relation to writing.

Aimed at

Doctoral Researchers, Postdoctoral researchers


Please have your video turned on if possible and be prepared to participate - this is not a presentation. Arrive promptly - meeting locked after 10 minutes.

Those who book a one-to-one consultation will be asked to send:

  • their thesis topic
  • their main writing challenges
  • what they would like to get out of the meeting

Joining instructions

Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this event participants will have explored:

  • what academic writing is and what it's for 
  • how you see yourself as a writer (your 'writer identity')
  • what 'good' looks like, and how this varies by discipline 
  • the writing process: thinking, planning, drafting and editing
  • developing good writing practice
  • top tips (to avoid common writing pitfalls)

Presented by

Dr Anne Wilson, RLF Consultant Fellow

Specific skills focused on in this session

Academic writing skills

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Skills needed to disseminate your research

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

Develops skills relevant to the following domains of the RDF:

This workshop is provided by

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Email address Telephone number 01895 265935