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How to Become a Public Writer


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How to Become a Public Writer

  • Birkbeck, University of London (map)

Part of How to Become a Public Academic

This event is now fully booked. Please email if you are interested in attending similar future events.

The first of three sessions exploring the means to reach out to a broader, non-academic audience, whether in print, radio/TV, or via new media.

The first two sessions are compulsory and the hands on training is opt-in. Please indicate whether you'd like to join the hands-on session in the registration form below.

How to Become a Public Writer
Wednesday 24 May - 11:30 - 16:30
Birkbeck, University of London, GOR 120
The first day focuses on writing, and will include presentations from the literary agent (and author) Andrew Lownie, Yale University Press’s Managing Director, Heather McCallum, the academic and literary critic Ruth Scurr – author of the garlanded John Aubrey: My Own Life, and a former Man Booker Prize judge – and John Bew, a professor of history at King’s College, London and the Orwell Prize long-listed author of Citizen Clem, a biography of Clement Attlee.

Hands on media training run by external provider
Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 June
Venue TBC

In the final two-day session led by external trainer Collab Lab, a media training company based in central London, students will be taken through the essentials of how to present on camera. Over a day and half, students will be introduced to scriptwriting, presenting, and the mechanics of using digital SLR technology. Each student will finish this programme in possession of a short promotional video in which they communicate their research ideas engagingly and fluently.

Please use the registration form to signup for all three workshops

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