This writing retreat is for technē students in the first year of their PhD (or first two years of part-time study).
This two-day retreat (with Anne Wilson and Katie Grant, RLF Consultant Fellows and FHEA) offers a fresh take on academic writing, de-mystifying it with activities to help you write more clearly and stylishly within your discipline. We will explore:
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)
Day 2 includes timed writing sessions and one-to-one consultations with Anne or Katie.
Katie Grant co-created the Advancing Academic Writing skills website for the University of Glasgow, where she was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow for three years, helping undergraduates, Masters and PhD students with their writing. A columnist, occasional broadcaster, author of ten novels (Sedition, her latest, is published by Virago), on the panel of judges for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, an occasional book reviewer for, amongst other publications, the New York Times and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she runs writing workshops on improving the quality, reach and impact of academic writing for all levels of HE. Long experience of the practical, emotional and organisational challenges of writing for deadlines and for different audiences informs all her workshops. She understands from first-hand the value of getting writing done and getting it done well.
Anne Wilson has a background in journalism (features) and corporate communication (scripts, speeches, screen media copy), combining her writing with facilitating writing workshops in HE. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brunel University for three years, and now runs workshops on academic writing and professional communication for postgraduates and staff at Brunel and other universities. She also coaches students for the 3MT competition (won by Brunel in 2017). She has collaborated with the Brunel Occupational Therapy department to investigate what kind of feedback helps students to improve their academic writing and is currently running staff and student workshops on managing feelings about feedback.