What is the course about?
An introduction to academic post-graduate writing and beyond. This day workshop will look at exploring the building blocks of good writing and introduce you to a variety of strategies for developing strong academic writing skills. Ideal for those contemplating writing at this level.
Anne Wilson is a former freelance journalist (Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The New York Times). She has written an academic book on the identity of British mixed race children, two crime novels and has won numerous awards for drama and documentary scripts. Anne is currently researching the role of feedback in helping students improve their writing with the Occupational Therapy Department of Brunel University.
What will we cover?
- introduce the building blocks of good writing: critical analysis and critical reading skills
- introduce a variety of strategies for developing strong academic writing skills
- introduce a framework for developing a writing plan.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key features that differentiate undergradutate from postgraduate writing
- Identify areas for your own writing development 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 the undergraduate level beyond Year 1 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.
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?
The art of dissertation (HCS57)
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