Impact Beyond the Ivory Tower: Converting Your Academic Research into Books

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Portsea Island

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Impact Beyond the Ivory Tower: Converting Your Academic Research into Books and Articles for Popular Readerships

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Modern universities recognise the importance of disseminating their research to audiences beyond the academy in discourses that non-specialists can understand. For some years, CCI Senior Lecturer Dr Tom Sykes has led a ‘double life’ as an academic theorist and as a professional author, editor and journalist. In this workshop, he reveals how to use your academic research as a springboard for writing newsworthy and impactful feature articles, op-eds, reviews, reportage and popular non-fiction books. Using specially designed writing exercises, Tom will discuss structure, style, drafting, editing, the all-important journalistic 'angle' and how to devise an eye-catching proposal sure to grab the attention of editors, agents and publishers.
Dr Tom Sykes is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in CCI and has been a professional author, journalist, ghostwriter and editor since 2005. His articles have appeared in The Telegraph, Private Eye, New Statesman, The Scotsman, New Internationalist, Monocle, New African, Red Pepper, The Journalist, Travel Africa and South East Asia Globe. His latest book, The Realm of the Punisher: Travels in Duterte’s Philippines is a ‘political travelogue’ intended for a lay readership that has garnered good reviews in the Times Literary Supplement and The London Magazine. Tom was also the co-editor of the commercially successful No Such Thing as a Free Ride? (Cassell Illustrated) series of travel anthologies, the first of which was serialised in The Times and named The Observer’s 'Travel Book of the Month'. His academic monograph, Imagining Manila: Literature, Empire and Orientalism in the Philippines (1725-2019), will be published by Bloomsbury/IB Tauris in 2020.

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Room 2.30, University Learning Centre (former Highbury College building)

Portsea Island

Portsmouth

PO1 2DH

United Kingdom

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