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Becoming w6 academic_writing#1 Starts with Academic Writing workshop


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Academic writing workshop that explores reactions to writing, behaviours that stop us writing - and strategies that can help us to write. With resources.

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Becoming w6 academic_writing#1 Starts with Academic Writing workshop

  1. 1. Writing WORKSHOP Writing is easy – you just stare at a blank piece of paper till your eyeballs bleed!
  2. 2. Brainstorm • What are your hopes and fears about University level writing?
  3. 3. Writing WORKSHOP • • • • • Writing activity Reflecting on the activity What we can do ... Next steps Useful resources
  4. 4. Writing Activity Free writing Each person should have in front of them: • Two sheets of paper: • One, ‘Writing’ - blank, to write upon, • Two, ‘Commentary’ - to note reasons for not writing • Pens or pencils
  5. 5. The Activity • When asked, turn to your ‘Writing’ page and write for ten minutes without pause on the question on the next slide. • If you stop writing for any reason, write that reason, no matter how trivial or insignificant on the ‘Commentary’ sheet.
  6. 6. Now for ten minutes write on: Winnicott (1971) argued that play is necessary to counteract the implicit threat that occurs when we are in transitional spaces – between worlds, between classes, in alien educational settings. Discuss in relation either to becoming a successful student or becoming a successful teacher.
  7. 7. Reflection (1) What was your reaction to that writing?
  8. 8. Reflection (2) Why did you STOP writing?
  9. 9. Some reasons for stopping: • • • • • • Thinking Searching for a word, spelling, tense Uncomfortable Distracted Couldn’t see the point Don’t know enough yet • What are you going to do about this?
  10. 10. Some solutions … • Get into a good physical & mental space: Be comfortable – your way Accept the task – or fake it! • Brainstorm & plan before you write • Once you start – go with the flow • Don’t stop! • Free write: Do not search for the right word – redraft and improve later • Leave gaps – read more after writing.
  11. 11. Reflection (3) • What do you like about your own academic writing practices?
  12. 12. What staff say: • • • • • • • • • • I discover what I’m thinking I never quite know where it’s going I puzzle out my ideas It’s an exploration It’s exciting I am concise and effective I try to be helpful and useful It’s teasing out my thinking I’m incredibly organised I just plunge in and see where it goes
  13. 13. What UG students say:
  14. 14. I am still not sure if my work is considered academic, I still don’t know what makes one of my essays better than another.
  15. 15. I have been humiliated in ways that I would never have put up with any where else!
  16. 16. Academic language, the kind of language that doesn’t readily flow off my tongue: the type of language I rarely use when speaking to my peers. The type of language that I don’t readily understand and the type of language that means spending hours at a computer turning something quite simple into something that sounds moderately impressive with elitist results.
  17. 17. Can we get you to feel more positive?
  18. 18. Safe spaces to write Things to think about: • We treat writing differently… If it were sport or driving or cooking... • Process not product • Craft not perfect • Practise, practise, practise…
  19. 19. Free Writing • Peter Elbow (1998) argues that free-writing encourages us to write at length without fear of censorship ... • Frees us to explore a topic • Encourages understanding • Focusses on having something to say - with • Spelling & grammar (3 min) ... The least important part
  20. 20. NEXT STEPS… Half hour writing every day! •Keep/enjoy a Reading Dossier •Summarise an argument •Explain a concept •Apply a theory •Start a chapter •Keep a learning journal.....
  21. 21. Write – read – think... Try a blog: Try CORNELL notes: Try Binge writing: / Try something really creative: Try being a diver writer: http:// 1
  22. 22. • • • • • • • • • • • • • Writing RESOURCES EXCELLENT site for linking phrases and for WRITING: Ten steps: Academic writing month: writing pages on the Study Hub – with PACKS!: 750 Words: it does what it says on the tin: Written Kitten – new kitten every 100 words! Essay planning animation – Portsmouth: Our writing mini-site: Essay/report quiz: Our Preventing Plagiarism course (also in WebLearn):