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Year 2 Online Writing Retreat Moving forward: critical analysis, argument,
voice and sentence structure
Running on Zoom from 10am to 3.30pm on 9th & 10th March 2022.
2 of a PhD is, for many, a time of feeling overwhelmed and making tough choices
from a wealth of material. This two-day writing retreat (for any PhD researcher
who is currently writing, e.g. for an 'upgrade', or writing chapters) is an
opportunity to scrutinise your writing through specific lenses: critical
analysis, argument, voice, language and line by line sentence structure. You
will also get a one-to-one consultation with either Anne or Katie.
the retreat, we will ask you to choose a specific piece of writing to work on
over the two days. You will apply each lens (critical analysis, argument etc.)
to this particular piece of writing. The writing can be at any stage - a set of
notes, first draft, or an almost finished section or chapter. It needs to be
enough to merit two days of your time, but short enough for you to make
significant progress. This approach brings into focus your core argument and
the techniques you use to communicate ideas. At the end of the retreat, you
will be better able to choose what is important, and you will develop skills
you can apply throughout your thesis.
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.
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), chair of the judges for the Walter
Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and an occasional book reviewer for,
amongst other publications, the New York Times, 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.