Writing for Publication Workshop Series (Option 1: 3 one-day workshops)

A three part workshop based on practical activities aimed at providing structure, advice and motivation through writing a paper for publication. Each workshop is a full day, with 2-6 weeks between meetings. Participants will be expected to work on their papers both during the workshops and in between each workshop. The series will include peer-to-peer review and advice from other group members as well as an experienced course tutor. The workshop series takes an intensive but intellectually supportive approach, drawing research into research writing, evidenced in education and linguistic literature.

Sessions will cover:

  • Planning and editing
  • Understanding the writing process
  • Breaking down the structure of papers to generate writing goals
  • Overcoming the difficulties in writing research
  • Techniques for being an effective writer

Participants should have a completed draft of their research paper by the end of the workshop series. In addition, you will learn more about the process of research writing.

Audience: Researchers, experienced or novice, who have research they wish to write-up for scholarly publication, i.e. they have collected their data and are in a position to write up the analysis. It is not for people who are only looking for information. It can also be a particularly good way for a research team to focus on producing additional outputs, particularly with the impending REF. The workshop can either be cross-disciplinary or have a STEM, Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences focus.

Mode of delivery: This is a workshop style event, requiring participants to work individually and in small groups, as well as to occasionally contribute to whole group discussions. Workshops are interactive and based on experiential and reflective learning models. The content is evidence based, drawing on linguistics, sociology and education research on research writing. All activities are practical and directly relevant to writing a research paper. The workshop can be run for between 8 to 20 participants, ideally in a workshop/seminar room equipped with workshop tables.

Length and timings: The workshop is 1 day long, for example run from 10am – 4pm with 1 hour for lunch, and one 15 minute coffee break.

Resources: Participants need to bring a copy of an article from the journal they wish to submit their paper to, as well as any material, such as literature searches or data analysis, which they can draw on through the workshop. The tutor brings packs of interactive materials; the institution will be provided with comprehensive workbook for printing prior to the workshop; a flipchart and pens or white board is also useful, though not essential.

Option 2: Three 1-day workshops, plus email support for peer-to-peer support and tutor feedback between each of the workshops, equivalent to an additional day’s training.

Previous client(s): ResClim, Norway’s national graduate school for climate science; Queen’s University Belfast, Staff Development Unit.