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Academic Writing in English (Social and Cultural Sciences)

Target group: Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers (R1-R3), Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies
Dates: Wednesday, May 15, Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17 | 9 am - 12 noon | Online
Trainer: Mark Edwards

Language: English

Course description:

This course examines how to develop powerful focus in your writing – an infallible guide to developing the best structure, and effectively communicating your ideas to your target audience. We look at how to systematically improve the impact, clarity and accuracy of your chosen words. You will receive a toolbox of methods including a range of easily-applied ‘quick tips’ that will improve how seriously your ideas are taken. You will receive a clear process to follow when approaching an important piece of writing. How to start, develop and express your ideas plus a checklist of conceptual and practical filters to apply to your work to edit and improve your earlier drafts - shaping your writing from ‘good enough’ to ‘exactly fitted to its purpose’.

 In this tip-filled seminar, we will examine:

  • Appropriate levels of formality
  • Tips for writing productivity
  • Nailing the problem of structure
  • Achieving a good ‘flow’ of ideas and expression
  • Achieving impact by careful word choice
  • Describing problems, solutions and outcomes
  • Clarity, brevity and style of English
  • Presenting data and data commentary
  • Understanding the most common mistakes
  • Hated words to avoid in your text

All of these writing skills are examined in the context of a variety of writing and editing tasks. The online presentation includes individual exercises with feedback, group discussion and small group work, as well as inspiring input from an established native-speaking communications expert.