Getting your work recognised and gaining feedback: planning and preparing a think piece
Think pieces, sometimes also referred to as opinion or viewpoint pieces, represent a form of writing that is gaining academic recognition and is now used across a number of disciplines. Whilst exact definitions vary, the views of the author will, typically, be at the forefront of what is expressed, with the aim of provoking thought and encouraging debate and discussion. Think pieces also tend to be shorter in length than conventional academic articles. Yet, whilst they might appear in journals and conference publications, think pieces have a potentially broader application, since they can also be found in newsletters, e-bulletins and blogs, with the aim of reaching a wide audience. They therefore offer the opportunity to acquire an early publication and to generate valuable feedback.
This workshop begins by exploring the character, purpose and value of the think piece, before considering the structure and preparation associated with the writing process. The workshop’s focus will then turn to supporting participants in planning and preparing their own think piece. Those wishing to attend this workshop are expected to have given some initial consideration to a subject associated with their research that would be suitable for developing into a short paper.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have:
Gained an understanding of the nature and character of the think piece
Explored the think piece as a form of academic writing
Considered the role and value of the think piece to their development as researchers
Gained an appreciation of how to plan and structure a short article of this nature
Prepared an outline for a think piece of their own.