Advanced academic writing: year 3 undergraduate and beyond
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HCS58
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
An introduction to academic postgraduate writing and beyond. This workshop explores the characteristic of good academic writing in English, boosts confidence and suggests practical techniques for moving forward. Ideal for those contemplating writing at this level, especially after a break from academia.
What will we cover?
-What academic writing is and what distinguishes it from other writing.
-Elements of academic practice (thinking, reading, researching, writing, editing).
-Creating a strong argument that flows.
-Critical thinking and critical writing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Understand what we mean by academic writing (in English).
-Identify key features that differentiate postgraduate from undergraduate writing.
-Identify areas to develop in your own writing towards the postgraduate level and beyond.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
While the course is an introduction to advanced academic writing, it will presume previous experience in writing at Year 3 of an undergraduate degree, or similar. You will have basic knowledge of academic essay writing - including the use of citations and referencing. It is also expected that you will have a good grasp of the English language and usage for academic essay writing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The workshop will include presentation of material, exercises to 'test' and develop basic understanding of the skills discussed, and possible reading/critiquing in class session, of a piece of writing to better understand skills and strategies covered. Tutor presentation will be interwoven with discussion, practical activities and some reflection time.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None, but please do bring a pen and paper (laptop, tablet, etc.) to take down any notes you may want to during the workshop session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Anne Wilson is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow who uses her experience as a professional writer to help undergraduates and postgraduates improve their academic writing. A former freelance journalist and award-winning corporate scriptwriter, she gets behind the mystique of academic writing to make it accessible to all.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.