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Writing Abstracts in the Humanities and Social Sciences with Josie Dixon

  • Seminar Room 2, Vernon Square, Courtauld (map)

A one-day intensive workshop on writing research abstracts - a key form of scholarly communication - in the humanities and social sciences.

Essential for gaining acceptance to speak at conferences (and an audience for the presentation), and for attracting readers to journal articles, abstracts are of critical importance for raising the profile of your research and developing an academic career. This short form of description, representing the essence of a research contribution, places particular demands on academic writing style, in terms of clarity, economy and precision. This intensive training session is designed to develop the necessary skills, encouraging participants to find clear, concise and powerful ways to summarize their research and make an impact. Non-native speakers will receive feedback designed to improve their written English, including questions of style and tone. There will be a mixture of presentation, group discussion and interactive exercises; handouts will provide reference material and further resources for continuing to develop the skills learned in the workshop.

‘Excellent - really good mix of practical group and individual work, and information. Definitely recommended. Thank you for a very useful day.’

‘Very helpful - not only provides skills to write an abstract, but also to help you think critically about your own project as a whole.’

‘Excellent, well organised crash course on the importance and construction of abstracts.’

‘Helps you to focus and think about your research and how to communicate it with new insights.’

‘Takes the intimidation factor out of abstract writing’

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