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CHASE Essentials: Read Like a Writer

  • GOR 324 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London London, England, WC1H 0PD (map)

***Suitable for first and second year researchers (up to year 4 if part time)***

We have been working with True North, a group of writers and Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellows Anna Barker, Tina Pepler and Marina Benjamin, who specialise in transposing creative writing techniques into the context of academic writing.

Academic writing the creative way: How can the creative writer’s tool kit make your academic writing engaging, compelling, and narrative-led, while admitting no loss of rigour? This one-day workshop will introduce you to a range of writerly skills through which you can make your presence felt on the page. Crucially, it will help you begin to find your voice as a writer – that is, the quality of distinctiveness that will give your work the stamp of originality and draw the reader in. Using plenty of examples, and a mixture of discussion, pair work, and writing exercises – including free-writing and call-ins – we walk you through how to write irresistible openings to your chapters, and sections within chapters; how to bridge that imaginative high-wire writing within a robust narrative structure; and how to identify and privilege your questions, and keep track of them. In all this, we draw directly and broadly on our own professional ‘toolkit’.

Terms and conditions

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you.

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.