Dr Myna Trustram (firstname.lastname@example.org) is convening three writing groups. The groups include elements that are taught but they also rely on student participation and practice.
An introductory writing group
9 Jan, 16 Jan, 23 Jan, 30 Jan, 6 Feb, 13 Feb
We will write, talk and read. The group is designed to help you become a confident and creative writer of academic prose. The approach is exploratory and experiential: you will draw on your practice whether as a historian, artist, theorist, curator, designer, sociologist and so on.
You will be encouraged to develop a writing style that meets the requirements of an academic thesis but that also expresses your own idiom and the particularities of your research. Likely themes we’ll cover are: ‘love the words’ (Dylan Thomas); academic writing; ways of reading; the literature review; voices.
You will be expected to write regularly both inside and outside the sessions and to come to all of the sessions. You will be encouraged to continue meeting together once this group has finished.
If you have questions or would like to book a place (by 10 Dec), contact Myna.
A writing-with-objects group
13 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar
Special Collections, All Saints Library
These three experimental sessions will use objects from the Special Collections Museum to help you develop a distinctive writing style. It will suit students from any arts and humanities discipline and from any year of study. We will look, touch, talk and write.
You will choose an object that resonates with your research and through that object practise paying creative attention to the world of physical objects and language.
If you have questions or would like to book a place (by 25 Feb), contact Myna.
A writing group for third-year students
8 May, 15 May, 22 May
The notion of ‘writing up’ implies a mechanical task of putting down what you have discovered. It is rarely as straightforward as this. As you approach the final stages of your research, you need to find a way to manage your data, the writing task and yourself.
We will address the particular questions you have about how best to approach the writing of the thesis and you will share your writing with others for critical feedback. The approach will be peer learning and experiential. Guidance will be offered, but essentially you will learn together through sharing the pleasures and the difficulties of the final months.
You will be expected to come to all three sessions and will be encouraged to continue meeting together once the formal group has finished.
If you have questions or would like to book a place (by 23 Apr), contact Myna.