The Writing Café and Learning Development can help!
We run a regular Postgraduate Writing Group, specifically to
address these issues for postgraduate students here at Plymouth.
Dates have been set (see below) for the group to meet for up to three hours
every other week. A member from the Learning Development Team will be available
to offer support during these sessions and, these sessions provide
opportunities for mutual support and writing with a shared sense of purpose. Research
indicates that many postgraduate students who participate regularly in writing
groups benefit from the protected space and time, and experience increased
productivity, motivation and momentum (Mahler, et al., 2013).
Whilst the format of the sessions are flexible, other groups often involve: goal setting for the session, writing, peer feedback, target setting for the next session, as well as developing a supportive community of writers. So, get the dates below in your diary and come along for as little or long as you can manage.
Date and location
26th September 2019, 0930-1230 Babbage 417
10th October 2019, 1300 - 1630 Babbage 007
24th October 2019, 0930-1230 Babbage 415
7th November 2019, 0930-1230 Babbage 417
17th March 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Babbage 003 - CANCELLED
21st April 2020 10:00 - 12:00 Babbage 404 - CANCELLED
7th May 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Babbage 412
21st May 2020 10:00 - 12:00 Rolle 109
*dates/times and location correct at time of publication
Immersive Writing Workshops
This half or full day writing workshop explores the multiple ways in which researchers have to write in order to develop and communicate their work, from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts. Participants will be able to raise the topics that they want to work on, whether that it is honing their writing skills or overcoming barriers that inhibit their progress, with practical tips and ideas discussed to develop these areas.
The full-day workshop will look more closely at constructing arguments and understanding what makes ‘good’ academic writing both in general and within your discipline. In the second part of the day participants will be asked to bring along some of their own writing, and offer feedback to each other. Published texts will also be considered, again to look at their relevant communication strengths and weaknesses, and drawing out elements that can inform our own writing.
Utilising a range of individual and group writing exercises and activities throughout, as well as creating a supportive environment to discuss topics around writing, share approaches and processes, and provide peer feedback, this workshop will kick-start your writing.
Facilitator: Learning Development Team
Applicability: All research students and research staff
Course dates and times:
Half Day Workshop: 17th October 2019 09:30-12:30
Full Day Workshop: 22nd November 2019 09:30-17:00
Please contact the Doctoral College to book onto one of these sessions.