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Training and Development Opportunity

Online Writing Workshop

Wednesday 2nd July 10.00-16.30 Wolfson Research Exchange

What is the purpose of the workshop and who is it for?

This is a one-day workshop aimed primarily at Early-Career Researchers (including PhD students) in the social science community who are interested in increasing their knowledge of blogging and writing for the web for a range of different audiences. The purpose is to provide a general introduction and overview for setting up a blog, understanding how to tailor writing style to this type of media and understanding and building audiences.

What will be covered?
Provisional Programme

Introduction to blogging/writing online
  • What is 'academic blogging'?
  • Different types of academic blogging
  • Different blogging platforms (signpposting technical resources)
  • Brief overview of Wordpress
Writing for public audiences
  • Differences between writing for academic and non-academic audiences
  • Negotiating between the simplified and the simplistic when writing for non-academic audiences
  • Technical aspects of writing for non-academic audiences
  • Personal goals when writing for non-academic audiences
Planning your writing and building an audience
  • Being clear about your goals and commitment
  • Understanding the relationship of your blogging to your research
  • Building an audience for your blogging
  • Being a blogger without a blog: pitching guest blogs etc.

An opportunity to put learning into practice

Following on from the workshop, there will be a limited number of funded opportunites to write online content based on research reports for the EU FP7 project 'MYPLACE' (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement). Further details about the project are available here. Attendance at the workshop is required for this work, but the work is not a requirement of the workshop.

Registering for the workshop

An expression of interest form is available here. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the workshop organisers if you have secured a place. Please note that we have limited spaces for the course and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the workshop is full, you may still submit an expression of interest to attend, but we will keep your details on a waiting list and allocate a space as and when one becomes available.

Go to workshop registration form

Further details

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Ronni Littlewood: v.r.littlewood@warwick.ac.uk