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Writing a first draft

The problem with academic writing is that it has so many conventions we are in danger of allowing them to stifle our creativity and productivity when we write. Years ago I read Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer (published in 1934…

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How to read a scientific paper

Recently, I was lead author of a University of Bath online resource called Evaluating Scientific Research Literature. Aimed at helping science undergraduates read academic papers more critically, we involved postgraduates in designing it and undergraduates in testing it. I interviewed…

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This new blog

I travel around the UK and abroad, delivering writing development interventions for staff and postgraduate students in universities. On behalf of the Royal Literary Fund, I also attend learning and teaching conferences, seminars and workshops. Insights from these experiences I…

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