Category Archives: academic writing

supervision and feedback

So this week there’s a bit of tweet humour about how US grad students might interpret feedback from faculty trained in the UK. If you haven’t seen it here’s a taste. They say “With the greatest respect”, the grad student … Continue reading

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read what you want to write

One of the common pieces of advice given to creative writers is to read widely, work out what you like and then write like those you admire. This writing-like-admirable-others requires the aspiring creative writer to analyse various aspects of the … Continue reading

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social media – with/against academic writing?

When I go on the road – as I have just done – I always try to take with me a couple of slim volumes that I can dip in and out of. These are not the academic equivalent of … Continue reading

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a metaphor for thesis completion?

I read a tweet not too long ago from Margaret Atwood. She announced that she was just about to ‘go down the writing burrow’ for a while. Her metaphor of the writing burrow really struck me. The ‘burrow’ clearly signals … Continue reading

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your academic writing is “slow” – some thoughts on pace

Last week I happened across a facebook post which went a little like this. “My supervisor has just told me my literature chapter was slow and tortuous. What do I do?” This feedback is a pretty clear example of a … Continue reading

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dealing with negative f2f feedback

So you’ve sent the chapter to your supervisor and now you have to go and see what they think. You’re pretty pleased with what you’ve done, but when the conversation starts it goes almost immediately to the problems. You want … Continue reading

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supervision and writing feedback/advice

One of the biggest problems that supervisors face, when dealing with the writing that doctoral researchers do, is how to be helpful. It’s often much easier to spot a problem than it is to know how to provide strategies that … Continue reading

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planning v creativity in academic writing

Now a lot of people know that I’m an advocate of planning your writing. I’m not a great fan of just writing and just writing and then editing and just writing again and editing some more. I know people do … Continue reading

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anthropologists on writing: introductory holiday reads

Anthropologists often worry about writing. It’s the sheer presumption – of making meaning of other people’s lives and then putting those understandings into a written or multimedia form – that bothers them. A lot. They’ve long fretted about it, and … Continue reading

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