Immersive Writing

Courses dates & locations:

  • 3-6 October 2016– Truro, Cornwall
  • 23-26 January 2017 – University of Bristol

Course open to: 3rd years

Course Organiser:  Helen Attlee

Course fee for students not funded through the DTP: £450

Register for October: https://nercdtp.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/immersive-writing-october-2016
Deadline for registraton: 22 August 2016

Register for January: https://nercdtp.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/immersive-writing-january-2017
Deadline for registration: 12 December 2016

Objective:  You will develop your writing to higher levels of clarity and impact, increase your confidence in shaping your argument, refine your voice and style, and deepen your intellectual independence and your academic solidarity with your fellow students.

Composition : This four-day immersive course consists of two full-day writing workshops and two days of one-to-one writing support. This is a specialised workshop, tailor-made to meet the needs of postgraduate students and researchers in Earth and Environmental Science. Participants can expect individual attention during the day.

Day 1 There are cardinal rules about what constitutes good writing, and most writers follow them. Some of them sound obvious, but the simplest of them can take years of trial and error to discover for yourself. Today we focus on active reading techniques that can help us to recognise stylistic strengths and weaknesses and other components of good writing.

We will also experiment with techniques for ordering ideas, defining arguments and themes, and starting and continuing an extended writing task, with the objective of developing higher levels of clarity and intellectual independence.

Each element of today’s learning will be underpinned by practical, skill-building writing activities.

There will also be time to troubleshoot specific language and grammar issues, and address participants’ motivation to write and their writing challenges.

Day 2 & 3 These two days are an opportunity to work on your own writing, with access to 45-minute one-to-one appointments with the workshop leaders, who will be available to discuss any aspect of your work, or more general writing queries.
Day 4 Today’s focus is on the art of academic storytelling, and the concrete craft skills that will make your thesis and other academic writing read like a narrative.

We will undertake practical activities designed to develop your grasp of narrative flow and sequential writing. This will be followed by a session on a range of techniques to guide you in the important process of editing your work.

There will also be opportunities during the day for participants to review each other’s work and provide targeted and appropriate peer feedback.

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