The Writing Café and Student Learning Team can help!
We run a regular Postgraduate Writing Group, specifically to address these issues for postgraduate students here at Plymouth.
A member from the Student Learning 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.
Find out times and dates (log on required).
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: Student Learning Team
Applicability: All research students and research staff
Please contact the Doctoral College at firstname.lastname@example.org to book onto one of these sessions.