Tag Archives: academic writing

writing and stuck? try a “ventilation file”

I am sure that most of us have experienced that feeling of guilt and dread that comes from not getting down to a writing task. We find lots of other things to do instead. More important things. Like looming deadlines. … Continue reading

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live blogging academic writing – an un-conference

This week I am running an academic writing course at The University of Iceland. Ive been running academic writing courses here for some years but usually I just do a week long programme about writing a journal article. This time … Continue reading

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why is academic writing so hard

Academic writing is a complex business. And it’s that complexity that makes it tricky. When you sit down to write a thesis, book or paper you start off with: material that comes from a well designed project a defensible analysis … Continue reading

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a book from blog posts?

Maybe you have been harbouring secret thoughts about getting a book from those blog posts that you’ve been writing. I think about it too, occasionally, as patter is now several books worth of words. Well, before you take the plunge, … Continue reading

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who is ‘an academic writer’?

If every word spoken in New York City daily were somehow to materialize as a snowflake, each day there would be a blizzard.  The words of Kenneth Goldsmith, poet founder of Ubuweb and Penn State University teacher of Uncreative Writing. … Continue reading

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choosing your words – starting the phd

Beginning academic writers often look for academic phrase banks and word lists to help them write ‘right’. The most popular of these is the Manchester Academic Phrase Bank – now also available in print. There are also general lists of … Continue reading

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don’t try to write “classy” – starting the phd

One of the earliest books on academic writing in the social sciences is by Howard Becker. Or  Howie as I gather he likes to be known. As I don’t know him, I’m compelled to call him by the full name … Continue reading

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