Simple solutions to difficult academic writing problems
Academic research can be difficult enough, without the additional complication of writing about your work for an audience who may not understand it. Whether you’re writing to raise your profile, promote your research or attract funding, this course can help. You’ll learn how to plan your paper to make your workflow smooth and productive, alongside writing tips to present your research in the most compelling way.
You’ll also discover editorial strategies to maximise the number of papers you can write from a single piece of research, and how to analyse the styles of your target journals to ensure the best possible chance of publication. The principles you will learn can also be applied to internal reports, funding applications and poster presentations, and help improve your other communication skills.
- How to set a detailed brief including choosing the journals to target
- Manage the time you spend writing so it doesn’t take over your life
- Recognise the structure of each of the main sections of an article and construct a plan for each
- Maximise creativity when writing the first draft
- Use macro-editing and micro-editing techniques to make constructive changes to the first draft
- Make the best use of comments from readers to improve your writing
- Attendees are asked to bring along photocopies of articles in at least one publication in which they aspire to be published
- Attendees will benefit most from the course if they have undertaken research, or embarked upon preliminary research, around a subject – and have a good idea of what they want to write. It’s not necessary to bring research work to the class
Olivia Timbs has over 30 years’ experience in journalism and publishing, gained from working on national papers, including the Observer, where she was medical correspondent and edited its section on science and technology, and for the specialist health and medical press. Most recently she was editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, which carries some peer-reviewed original research. She has won a number of awards and has a wide interest in business, politics and the arts.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I have put many practical pieces of advice into my current work and essay writing. It was wonderful to have a real grasp on how to proceed and approach journals – thank you.
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