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Year 1 Writing Retreat with Anne Wilson and Katie Grant - Transition: clarifying your project, developing your writing.
This writing retreat is for Techne students in the first year of their PhD (or first two years of part-time study). The retreat will run from 10am to 3.30pm on 17th and 18th Februrary, you need to be able to attend both days.
Year 1 of the PhD
can feel chaotic and messy; imposter syndrome is common. In a constructive
space away from the scrutiny of supervisors, this retreat offers you and your
peers the chance to look objectively at your projects and how you write about
them. With your projects centre-stage, you will refresh existing writing skills
and hone new ones as you communicate your research and develop your academic
writing to PhD level.
Day 1 activities
challenges of Y1 and how to tackle them
is your project really about?
and techniques to improve your academic practice
Day 2 activities
a literature review - why / what / how?
good writing habits
a one-to-one consultation with either Anne or Katie
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. 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 recently collaborated with the Brunel
Occupational Therapy department to investigate what kind of feedback
helps students to improve their academic writing.
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), chair of 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.