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Writing Week 2018

Posted on 26 January 2018

Hone or learn new skills and develop your writing through workshops and drop-in sessions in week 6.

Writing Week 2018 - 12-16 February

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 Mastering the text: note taking and analysis

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.

  • Monday 12 February 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Tuesday 13 February 9.00am – 10.00am
  • Wednesday 14 February 11.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Thursday 15 February 4.00pm – 5.00pm

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 Objectivity and stance

In this workshop you will look at how, in academic writing, writers distinguish between facts and claims, how they deal with expected opposition to their ideas and how they are polite to the people they are arguing against. You will pay particular attention to the technique of hedging and examine many of the ways in which this technique is practiced.

  • Monday 12 February 10.00am – 11.00am

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Get your grammar on!

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.

  • Tuesday 13 February 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Friday 16 February 11.00am – 12.00 noon

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Taming the Text Processor

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.

  • Monday 12 February 1.00pm – 3.00pm

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Where is this going? How to structure your essay from the start

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.

  • Monday 12 February 9.00am - 10.00am
  • Monday 12 February 12.00 noon – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 February 12.00 noon – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Thursday 15 February 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Friday 16 February 9.00am – 10.00am 

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Find your voice

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.

  • Monday 12 February 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 February 11.00am - 12.00noon
  • Wednesday 14th February 4.00pm – 5.00pm

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Let’s Get Critical: Making sense of academic sources

Academic literature takes many forms. What constitute scholarly sources of information, and how do we choose between them? In this, the first of our "Let's get critical" critical reading theme, we'll get to grips with the principles of evaluating information and work out how to determine their suitability.

  • Tuesday 13 February 1.00pm – 3.00pm

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Let’s Get Critical: Taking an academic approach to your reading

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. 

  • Thursday 15 February 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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Writing as arguing

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.

  • Tuesday 13 February 3.00pm – 4.00pm 

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Where did I read that thing? Reference management

" was just the quote I needed, but now I can't remember where I found it!" How do you manage the sources you find? In this workshop session we'll take a look at how we can collect, manage and automatically cite references using reference management software. We'll concentrate on two of the programs available at York: we'll look extensively at Mendeley and we'll also have a peek at Paperpile. Both systems are free to members of the University, but you will need to set up accounts in both cases.

  • Wednesday 14 February 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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How to read an article

Where do you start when looking at academic literature? How can you successfully engage with the literature you find? This bitesized tutorial will explore the structure of academic articles, show where to look to check the validity of findings, and offer tips for navigating online texts.

  • Wednesday 14 February 1.00pm – 1.45pm

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How authoritative can I be?

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).

  • Monday 12 February 3.00pm - 4.00pm

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Posters with a Powerful Point

Informative posters are an increasingly popular way to share information and research work at conferences and exhibitions, but what’s the best applications 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.

  • Friday 16 February 11.00am - 1.00pm

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Writing help all year round

Can’t make the workshops? There is support available all year round.

The Writing Centre

Offering undergraduate and taught postgraduate students the opportunity to discuss all aspects of academic writing and 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 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.