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CHASE Essentials: Writing Abstracts (Josie Dixon)

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Writing Abstracts in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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.  

Reviews for this workshop

University of East Anglia

  • ‘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’

University of Glasgow

  • ‘Just fantastic! Really useful for research students. Provided me with more confidence in what I'm doing and to develop it further.'

  • 'Exactly what I was looking for'

  • 'Really clarified what an abstract is and how to write it. Thorough explanation of uses and process'

  • 'Really helpful in offering structures and models for writing'

CHASE / University of Sussex

  • 'Very informative and clear, helpful overview on how to formulate an abstract for a variety of formats and audiences. Suited my needs very well. I feel better about my abstract writing ability.'

CHASE / Goldsmith's

  • ‘Excellent. Very explicit and concrete, easy to follow and really helps you to write communicative abstracts.'


  • 'I liked the quickfire writing exercise. Extremely helpful for finding focus, and seeing other people's first draft abstracts to compare with one's own.'

  • 'Very helpful and engaging! Practical methods to take your abstract to a new level.'

  • 'This is my third workshop with Josie, and she was as informative, knowledgeable, supportive and lovely as usual.'

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.