PhD writers unblock

Posted by rd251 at Aug 01, 2014 02:50 PM |
University of Leicester Sociology PhD students join Monash international writing programme in Prato, Italy.

Leicester PhD students have participated for the first time in the international writing programme run by Monash University at their academic centre in Prato near Florence.

Students were able to get mentoring and support for their writing, gain constructive and critical feedback and learn from experienced researchers about the skills and techniques of writing for publication.

Leicester PhD student Rose Holyoak said: “The writing workshop in Prato revived my confidence in my thesis. As a fourth year doctoral student it's easy to become dispirited: the ardent enthusiasm at the beginning of your PhD can be diminished by the day-to-day concerns of constructing a cohesive argument across 80,000 words. Prato was the perfect antidote and helped me rediscover my passion for research. The time spent with PhD students from other institutions also gave me exciting opportunities for future collaborations.”

Katarzyna Kucaba: “Prato helped me understand the process of writing for academic purposes, as well as see it through the eyes of senior academics who act as referees and editors of academic journals. I now understand what they're looking for and how to deal with referees’ comments or rejection in the most constructive way without losing confidence.”

Students who attended the Prato workshop last year

The workshop was convened by Prof. Jude McCulloch and Dr Marie Segrave, Monash University in collaboration with Prof. Bob Carter, University of Leicester, Dr Steven Roberts, Kent University, Dr Alistair Clark, Newcastle University and Dr Carol Wolkowitz, University of Warwick UK. Eighteen students from collaborating unversities took part.

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