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Writing Academy

The Writing Academy is run three times a year during each term.

Joining the Writing Academy will enable you to develop the skills required to improve the quantity and quality of your research outputs and develop a publication strategy which best represents you as an academic. Being a member of the academy, you’ll have access to external consultants who will advise you on techniques and style. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your ideas and issues with your peers; access to a writing room each week away from everyday distractions, as well as access to a Writing Support Pot to cover costs to support your writing such as proof reading.

Up and coming dates:

Autumn 2016

Date: 16th to 18th November 2016

Venue: Bournemouth Marriott Hotel

Draft programme:

Day 1. Planning and writing your research article

  • To understand the nature of the changing publishing environment as content shifts from print to online
  • Understand what constitutes good research writing in such circumstances
  • To better understand how journal content is discovered and used online
  • To understand what that means for research writing
  • To be able to write about methods, data and research clearly
  • To understand how to deploy narrative devices effectively to improve your article writing
  • To work on one’s own writing and one’s colleagues’ writing to generate new approaches to writing
  • To better understand voice and structure in writing your paper

Day 2. Developing a Strategy for Getting Your Articles Published, Read and Cited

  • To be able to best identify your options and prospects for publishing your article
  • To be able to aim higher and work out how high you can aim in targeting publications
  • To better understand the different types of journal
  • The ability to match a journal publication with your own standpoint, style, abilities and approach
  • To understand online journal platforms and know how to optimise your submission to maximise their impact, discoverability and readability online
  • To recognise the strategic advantage of adopting a mixed journal publishing strategy
  • To be able to market (and re-market and pre-market) your work post-publication
  • To be able to leave the course with a profile of your optimal target publications

Day 3. Setting writing goals/ Free writing

Places are still available and are offered on a first come, first served basis.



+Who is eligible for the programme?

We actively encourage staff or PhD students new to publishing to join as WA members. However, experienced staff who seek periods of dedicated free writing time and space are also welcomed to apply.

+How will progress be tracked and monitored?

When members newly join the WA, they will be asked to submit a ‘writing’ pledge consisting of writing goals which will be monitored and tracked on an agreed basis between members and RKEO. Successfully submitted/ accepted publications will also have to be reported to the RKEO.

+What are the benefits that can be gained from the WA?

Members have access to a weekly writing space (please refer to this link for more information); members will have the opportunity to participate in a peer support system (to be launched shortly); members have access to the writing support pot which covers costs such as proof reading.

+If I am not available for the next upcoming date, can I please express interest in the following WA?

Yes. Please fill in the ‘Expression of interest form’ at the bottom of the page.

+Can my teaching be covered in order for me to attend the WA?

This is something that you will need to discuss locally with the Faculty management or your line manager.

+If I am not available to attend the whole day, can I only attend two hours of each day?

We require that attendance is on a full-day basis. This is to ensure that places are allocated to members who will make full use of the programme to gain the maximum benefit.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form below and email to pphatch@bournemouth.ac.uk

Expression of Interest Form

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