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Guardian Masterclasses

Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Learn how to structure and edit your academic paper, maximising its chances of getting published, with editor and award-winning journalist Olivia Timbs.

Whether you’re writing academic papers to raise your profile, promote your research or attract funding, this masterclass with publishing expert Olivia Timbs can help you get published.

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.

Olivia will show you how to approach your existing research from different and innovative angles, and analyse the styles of your target journals to ensure the best possible chance of publication.

The principles you’ll learn during this informative day can also be applied to internal reports, funding applications and poster presentations, and help improve your communication skills in general.


  • How to set a detailed brief, including choosing which journals to target
  • Manage the time you spend writing, so it doesn’t take over your life
  • Recognise the structure 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

Course preparation

  • 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.

Tutor profile

Olivia Timbs has over 35 years of experience in journalism and publishing. Most recently she was editor of the Pharmaceutical Journal, which contains peer-reviewed original research. She was medical correspondent for the Observer and edited its section on science and technology. Olivia has also written for the Independent and the Times, as well as specialist health and medical press. She has been a licensed trainer since 2013 and also launched medical research charity Start (Skin Treatment and Research Trust).


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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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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