Posted on 31 January 2017
Update: new resources from Writing Week 2017
You can now watch video recordings of most of our workshops for the 2017 Writing Week - see the video links below to watch now.
Do you struggle to move from the ‘reading’ phase of your research to the ‘writing’ phase? Sometimes it’s difficult to get your thoughts in order after reading numerous articles, chapters and critics. We’ll show you various methods for taking notes, so that you can make the most of your time in the library. You will also learn a few ways to plan your essay or chapter and how to integrate quotations into your text.
Informative posters are an increasingly popular way to share information and research work at conferences and exhibitions, but what’s the best application to use? Word? Publisher? Surprisingly good results can be obtained using PowerPoint which, although intended for presentations, shares many features with publishing applications. In this session we’ll explain and demonstrate what approach to use, how to configure PowerPoint and enhance the quality of your images and text.
Does grammar get you down? Do you see lots of notes in your feedback about tenses, punctuation and long sentences? Don’t despair! We’ll show you how to take your grammar to the next level. In this session, you will learn how to express yourself in a clear and concise way. We’ll brush up on important grammar and punctuation skills that will help you express your thoughts in writing.
Everyone knows how to use a Word Processor, right? Yes, the essential idea is very straightforward, but knowing how to take a structured approach when producing academic work can save time and enable you to make full use of the advanced features available. This hands-on session focuses on approaches to using both Google Docs and Microsoft Word that will be invaluable for ‘serious’ academic work such as a dissertation or thesis, not to mention your future career.
Have you ever lost your train of thought when writing and wondered, ‘Where is this going?!’ We’ve all been there, and that’s why we’re here to show you how to structure your essay from start to finish. Learn how to set the scene, write a compelling introduction and build your ideas from one paragraph to the next. We’ll show you the fundamentals of essay or chapter writing, so you can join the academic conversation in your field.
In this workshop you will explore how academic writing is all about forming your own opinion on a subject and then articulating your opinion persuasively. You will examine some essays and articles critically, to notice how authors treat ideas and facts objectively while at the same time leading readers to their conclusions.
Have you ever read an engaging academic article or chapter and wondered how you can write like that? We will show you how to do it! Good writing begins with understanding your audience and knowing how to communicate your thoughts effectively. Once you begin to think critically about your work, you can write it. We’ll also provide tips on how to proofread your own writing, so you don’t have to keep asking a friend to read your essay at the last minute.
In this workshop session we'll look at how we can collect, manage and cite references using reference management software. We'll take a look at two programmes: EndNote Online and Paperpile. Both systems are free to members of the University, but you will need to set up accounts in both cases.
More information about these programs can be found on our Reference Management Digital Skills Guide.
If you're able to set up accounts with these two programs in advance of the session, it will potentially save time on the day. The above webpage links to information on how to do this, or you can visit EndNote Online or Paperpile.
If you have problems getting set up, we can pick this up in the session as necessary.
This session will help you to understand the importance of taking an analytical approach to reading texts. It will explore how to evaluate sources effectively, and develop practical strategies to read in an efficient and critical manner.
This workshop looks at the most common patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that affect academic achievement and performance, aiming to help with the recognition and modification of these patterns.
If any of these questions resonate with you, come along. We can help you get to the bottom of your procrastination and find better ways to work.
In this workshop you will examine how all academic writing means entering into an argument. You may want to take sides with some of the authors you read; you may want to disagree with some of them. Most of all, you will want to develop your own argument, whether in an essay, a dissertation, a thesis or any part of those texts.
This workshop is aimed at Master students and PhD students. Come get some tips on how to get started, manage your time while writing a thesis, and how to plan and structure a thesis/dissertation.
Resident referencing expert, Stephen Gow, will run a session detailing the common problems and frequently asked questions students have with referencing in their dissertations. He will also dedicate time to answering your questions about referencing and more general elements of the dissertation process.
In this workshop you will be asked to situate yourself somewhere in the academic world. Will you be near the centre, where you can write with great authority? Or at the very edge, where you have no authority? Or somewhere in between? You will examine some academic writing in order to understand how authors see themselves in the academic world. You will pay particular attention to the technique of hedging, noticing how to use this technique critically to show your readers where you think you are situated (or to reassure them that you are situated where they think you should be).
A session for postgraduate students and staff to help you understand the issues and difficulties students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLD) face in making sense of and functioning in academia.
Writing help all year round
Can’t make the workshops? You might want to chat to one of the following:
The Writing Centre
We offer Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students the opportunity to discuss all aspects of academic writing and together with them develop strategies to make improvements. Come along for a drop-in sessions or make an appointment. Find out more on The Writing Centre pages.
Royal Literary Fund Fellows
Royal Literary Fund Fellows are professional writers themselves and provide a consultation service to help boost your confidence in your writing. If you would like some detailed practical advice about how to write more successfully, whether for an undergraduate essay, postgraduate dissertation or PhD thesis, contact the Royal Literary Fund Fellows.
Centre for English Language Teaching
The Centre for English Language Teaching provides academic skills support courses in term time and one-to-one writing support, particularly relating to dealing with language issues and adapting to British academic approaches. Find out more on the Centre for English Language Teaching pages.
Academic Liaison Librarians
Your department has an Academic Liaison Librarian who can help you to find the right information for your essays and make the most of our range of online resources. Find their contact details in your department’s Subject Guide or book an appointment with a librarian at a time that suits you.