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ANUHDR: How to fix your academic writing trouble

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Building 10T1, Room 1.08

The Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601

Australia

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How to fix your academic writing trouble

Academics read a lot of tortured prose written by their students. Some of this prose is technically competent, but for a range of reasons fails to persuade this highly knowledgeable and experienced reader. Supervisors can be great writers, but may not be great at teaching writing, which means they can give you really confusing feedback. Comments like ‘your writing doesn’t flow’, ‘take a stand in your writing!’ and ‘you don’t sound academic enough’ are hard to interpret and action. In this workshop we will discuss some of the ‘pain points’ of academic writing that irritate academic readers, help you understand what is going wrong with your writing and give you some tips on how to fix it. This workshop is based on the book by Mewburn, Firth and Lehmann ‘How to fix your academic writing trouble’. Participants will be able to take away a copy of the book at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is available to all HDR students. It is also part of the Science, Health and Medicine Career Development Framework program and can be counted as a valid activity.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand some of the reasons why supervisors get frustrated with PhD student writing
  • Analyse your own writing to identify areas where it can be improved
  • Implement some simple strategies to ensure your writing is clearer and more persuasive

This workshop will be presented by Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training, ANU (aka the Thesis Whisperer)

Bring an internet connected device, preferably a laptop and power cord. Copies of your work in progress should be accessible via your device as well as your library of reference papers.

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Strictly limited places.

If you have any questions, please contact the ANU Research Skills and Training team on researchtraining@anu.edu.au

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The Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601

Australia

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