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Doctoral Writing Workshop 16 March 2018 10.30-14.30 C223 and online

Facilitators: Pauline Armsby, Steven Cranfield, Nico Pizzolato

The doctoral writing workshop series are part of the Doctor of Professional Studies programme but open to all University doctoral candidates at the writing stage of their research. The workshops offer an intensive, non-judgemental, and supportive environment for candidates to practice and reflect on the specific type of writing that a doctoral-level project requires. The workshops are characterised by a hands-on approach with parts dedicated to working on one’s text as well as examples from the public domain. The workshops are offered on campus, but it is possible to attend online through the Adobe Connect link (a University platform) which will be provided.

The workshops are uncatered so please bring lunch or this can be purchased on campus. You also need a laptop and a piece of writing, at least a few pages, that you would like to work on.

Following feedback from a pilot session, every workshop is articulated in the following way:

First section (1 hour) New Participants

This concerns only candidates undertaking the Doctor of Professional Studies. It requires a pre-sessional activity: the viewing of the audio slideshows on ‘planning and structure the writing of your DProf project’ and of ‘Finding a Doctoral Voice’. These slideshows will be sent to participants via email and are downloadable from myLearning. This one-hour session will be used to discuss the content of those slides and for questions and answers.

Second section (3 hours) New and Old Participants

This is open to all doctoral candidates across the University.

First hour -- Learning from a text

Identifying and using ‘valuable words’ in academic writing; identifying writing that can be improved; shaping and refining your abstract; identifying Level 8 (doctoral) writing in a text.

20 minutes break

Second hour -- Hands on Writing

Establish your set of tools to improve your writing; developing a critical voice; using the ‘I’ in academic writing; use these tools on a sample of your writing and share what you have learned.

Last 30 minutes -- Comments, general discussion, further resources.

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