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Thu 11 Mar 2021
13:00 - 14:30

Venue: Online

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Masterclass: Writing at Postgraduate Level

Thu 11 Mar 2021


Why it’s hard and what you can do to make it (a bit) easier?

The thing with writing is that by the time we’ve got to graduate level, we feel that we should be able to do it well. This has the knock-on effect that we tend to see any difficulties that we’re facing almost as personal flaws – no-one else is facing these challenges? Right? Well, no, actually. You’re certainly not on your own – and even seasoned academics will still be facing some of the same difficulties that you are right now.

In this session, we’ll start by taking a step back and looking at why writing at this level is hard – to which the simple answer is that, well, you aren’t just writing (you can all do that already) – you’re actually creating knowledge – and that’s hard. We’ll then take a look at how English works – not grammatically or syntactically – but the language’s rhetorical paradigm: when the language is ‘clearly written’, what’s going on and why? And we’ll also take a look at how other languages have other rhetorical paradigms. We’ll then close by having a look at some strategies that you can employ to keep your writing on track, as well as get some tips

Target audience

All PhD students, all years, all disciplines
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 11 Mar   13:00 - 14:30 13:00 - 14:30 Online Dr Karen Ottewell

Online webinar


One 1.5 hour session

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