Category Archives: academic writing

a two week book chapter – a.k.a. down the writing burrow

I’ve just written a book chapter in two weeks. This is a long time for me, and it was hard work. I’m usually someone who plans their writing quite carefully. I begin with an abstract and then flesh it out by … Continue reading

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on (re)building institutional writing cultures

What goes on in a university? What would the brother from another planet think if they came to visit one today? They’d see teaching in term time. There’d be some visible signs of research, particularly in labs. But walking around … Continue reading

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reasons to write

I’ve been dipping in and out of a rather pleasurable book about writing. Most people read books about writing for utilitarian reasons – to find a new technique, to see something that might inform their own work, to seek explanations … Continue reading

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Co-writing, a continuing story…

This is a guest post written by John Cowan and Susi Peacock who write together.  Their bio-notes are at the bottom of this post.  This brief piece of collaborative written work was conceived in a typical manner, by Susi and me.  As we … Continue reading

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2017 – the year of the ‘to do’ list

Social media folk delight in discussing the organisation of academic work. How to manage time. How to organise all that information that comes in and out. How to sort and select tasks in order of their urgency and importance. How … Continue reading

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why tinker with your text?

After the messy first draft. After the revision where you’ve checked the order of the paragraphs and the headings to make sure the sequence of material is what you want. After the revision where you finessed the sentences, got rid … Continue reading

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doing field work? don’t ignore the anecdote

Anecdote. It’s the worst thing that someone can say about your research, right. This is an anecdote – it’s not “evidence”. Well, there’s a lot of ways to deal with that objection, and I want to offer only one here. … Continue reading

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