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CHASE Essentials: Think Like an Editor

  • 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.

How do you step outside your own work to view it with a cool editorial eye that lets you lift your writing to a new level?

This workshop addresses the all too common problem of front-loading the writing process, whereby some students spend the bulk of their time researching, leaving their write-up until the end, with too little time for thinking. We instill early on a habit of multiple drafting and polishing. We teach you how to troubleshoot your own work, to use direct, active language, and zoom in on significant details. We cover the link between the particular and universal, and the practice of knowing where the reader is at any given point. The day will be full of red-pen exercises, using examples of both good and weak academic writing.

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 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.