Writing Summer School

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The PGR Writing Summer School is usually held in July each year, with workshops covering a range of writing topics.  This annual event gives you the opportunity to consider your writing from a range of perspectives; practise your writing in the context of your own work; increase your confidence in your writing and network with other postgraduate researchers.

Resources

Resources from past Writing Summer Schools are available online. Where the delivery style was suitable, the lecture capture recordings of the workshops are also available. To access these resources, sign in using your University username and password.

2021 Writing Summer School

Available on Canvas

Workshop titles:

  • Anticipating your audience
  • Abstract writing for papers, conferences, and more
  • Writing for a lay audience: e.g. the Guardian and The Conversation
  • Writing to raise your social media profile
  • Some things I learnt about grant writing along the way
  • The struggles and anxieties of writing a literature review
  • Writing for professional recognition
  • Improving your productivity: read, reflect and write more effectively

2020 Writing Summer School

Available on Canvas

Summer School theme:  Writing Well

Workshop titles:  

  • Writing a successful PhD: from beginnings to completion
  • Writing for publication: a focus on the introduction of a journal article
  • Strategies for Managing Your Writing, Work and Wellbeing
  • Responding to feedback
  • Writing your thesis well: PGR Panel discussion

2019 Writing Summer School

Available on Canvas

Summer School themes:  Writing for your thesis & Writing for publication

Workshop titles: 

  • Argumentation and Thesis Structure
  • Fundamentals of Thesis Writing
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Thesis Writing PGR Panel Discussion
  • Demystifying the Publication Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Writing for Publication
  • PGR Publication Experiences

2018 Writing Summer School

Available on Canvas 

Workshop titles: 

  • Mapping academic writing for research
  • The final product: what does a PhD Thesis (or MRes Dissertation) look like?
  • Voices in your thesis
  • Writing for a purpose
  • Exploring your identity as a writer through Lego Serious Play
  • Reviewing the Literature – What, Why, When and How
  • Selling ideas: writing persuasively about you and your research
  • PGR Panel discussion: "Yay, I'm done!" - getting your thesis written

2017 Writing Summer School

Available on Canvas 

Workshop titles: 

  • The shape of academic writing
  • What is academic motive?
  • Voices in your thesis
  • Writing successful job applications: who gets hired
  • Creative approaches to academic writing
  • Publishing in academic journals: tips to help you succeed
  • Navigating the maze of research and writing tools
  • Avoiding accidental plagiarism
  • Publishing in the sciences
  • How can the Birmingham e-Theses Repository help me develop my own academic writing style?
  • Opening up your research

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