Writing for Pleasure, Writing for Publishing Workshop

Wednesday 29 May 2019 | 1000 - 1500

Wivenhoe House, Colchester Campus, University of Essex

Is it possible to actually enjoy academic writing? In this two-part workshop, Professor Helen Sword and Dr Will Pooley make an evidence-based case for recuperating pleasure as a legitimate (and indeed crucial) academic emotion. Via practical exercises, they show how you can enjoy writing, and in this way become a more engaging communicator, skilful wordsmith and productive researcher.

In Part 1,  Professor Sword  demonstrates how a person’s entire approach to writing (including thinking of it as pain or pleasure) shapes their ability to communicate well. Drawing on interviews with 100 successful academics, and questionnaire data from 1223 academic writers in 15 countries, Professor Sword considers aspects of the academic writer’s craft including daily writing habits, how academics learn to write, the emotions they associate with academic writing, and how to develop the courage to push against stylistic conventions and the resilience to cope with criticism and rejection.

In Part 2, Dr Will Pooley will explore how to make your writing compelling. Through writing exercises and group discussion, he will cover three broad themes: coming up with compelling ideas; writing hacks; and editing your friends.

Learning to take a holistic approach to writing will not only improve your thesis, publications and grant applications, but your emotional wellbeing and your enjoyment of academic life. Writing well, and enjoying writing, are skills that will benefit you in the immediate future but can also be carried through into diverse careers. This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from experts on stylish academic writing.

Terms and conditions

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

The training is open to: