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Academic Writing Workshop

Course Overview:
Take time to start or finish your academic writing. This session provides an opportunity to focus exclusively on academic writing.

Who should attend?
This development opportunity is open to Research Active Staff (Research-focused, Teaching-focussed and Research & Teaching contracts). A minimum of 10 participants are required for each session to run.

Leadership and Management Development do not accept applications from PGRs. PGRs should refer to the Research Development at the Doctoral College.

Workshop enables participants to:

  • Set aside dedicated writing time.
  • Identify opportunities for 'inventing'/planning research.
  • Consult with a writing tutor.
  • Receive feedback on their writing.

During the session, there’s opportunity for delegates to discuss individually their research and academic writing strategies with the writing tutor, and most importantly to have dedicated academic writing time. This workshop may be of benefit to those beginning a new project and/or to research active staff who wish to focus on editing existing work or producing a piece of work from existing research.

Session format:
The day runs intermittently online with regular interactions, periods of engagement with other writers, an opportunity for one to one support/ feedback and periods of self-led work offline. An indicative schedule of the day is below. Participants may choose to follow this or work in a self-directed capacity for the full day:

The sample schedule is as follows:

*10.00 -10.20am Check in and introduction to the day
10.20 -10.50am Goal setting – including submitting their goals online (followed by a break)
11.00 - 11.45am Sprint 1 (followed by a break)
*12.00 -12.25am ‘Productivity tips and techniques’ seminar
12.25 - 13.00pm lunch and online social
13.00 - 13.45pm Sprint 2 (followed by a break)
*14.00 - 14.40pm ‘Why not?’ Peer review/paper swap and feedback (followed by a break)
14.50 - 15.30pm Sprint 3 (followed by a break)
*15.40 - 16.00pm Goal review and re-setting
16.00 - 17.00pm (Optional final sprint and/or goal review)

*indicates a facilitator-led activity to join in the Teams space, at other times, participants continue off-line in a self-led capacity.

During the off-line times, participants can book in for 15 minutes online 1-1 meetings to discuss their writing. A schedule of slots will be made available on the morning of the Bootcamp using an online calendar in Doodle to book a slot. The indicative slots are:

A: 10.30-10.45am
B: 11.00-11.15am
C: 11.25-11.40am
D: 12.30-12.45pm
E: 13.00-13.15am
F: 13.25-13.40pm
G: 14.50-15.05pm
H: 15.10-15.25pm
I: 16.00-16.15pm

Participants can book in for multiple slots throughout the day should they wish to. A doodle poll for booking slots will be opened prior to the workshop.

At the end of the day, participants are encouraged to reflect on their way of working and plan in further time in their own diaries to continue to progress with their writing projects in the longer-term.

To get the most out of the day, participants are encouraged to arrive prepared with a packed lunch and snacks, put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door or limit any interruptions where possible.

Workshop Pre-work:

We ask that delegates attend with a clear writing goal and a specific material outcome that they wish to achieve (e.g. planning the skeleton/outline structure of a new book, or a book proposal, drafting a journal article, responding to journal article feedback and re-submitting, a conference abstract or paper etc). Delegates may also want to do some preparation before the workshop and/or submit some work for comment.

Dates, venues and booking

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