Research Staff Academic Writing Group

We’ll be running an Academic Writing Group for Humanities Research Staff during Semester 1, 2010/11. If you’re interested in attending, please let me know at claire.stocks@manchester.ac.uk by September 16th. Further details below…

The group is free to participants and is intended to support new and current writing in a safe and supportive environment. Members of the group will be able to bring their current writing or new projects for valuable peer feedback which will be undertaken in small groups and facilitated by an experienced Language Tutor and academic writer from the University Language Centre.

Aims:

The groups are not remedial in nature (i.e. they are not intended to improve your general use of the English language) and nor are they specifically intended to lead to publication. Rather, the aims of the sessions are:

  • To allow participants to develop a better understanding of academic writing;
  • To offer participants constructive feedback on their writing as it progresses;
  • To act as a motivational tool, helping participants to maintain momentum in their writing;
  • To allow participants an opportunity to develop their peer review skills and their ability to offer constructive feedback;
  • To allow participants to discuss particular difficulties, challenges and barriers that they experience and to share successful academic writing strategies.

Process:

The first session of the series will be an introduction to some areas of rhetorical structure in academic writing, and will be led by the tutor. After that, and for the following three sessions, participants will take part in small group discussion of their and the other members’ writing.

After the initial session participants will be required to submit three double-spaced sides of writing for group discussion, at least 4 days before each of the subsequent meetings (revised versions of the same piece of writing can be presented at each meeting). This writing will be circulated to the group members for consideration before the sessions, and then discussed by participants in the group meetings.

Potential participants should therefore be prepared to

  1. present work for discussion
  2. take the time to read other participants’ work carefully and
  3. offer comment and feedback in the sessions.

Dates and Venue:

The sessions will be two hours long, and will take place between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm on September 28th, October 12th, October 26th and November 9th 2010 in University Place, room 6.207. You must be able to attend all four sessions in order to join the group.

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