Group programs for institutions

Learn how to write a good first draft

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2020 update: Because travel is currently restricted due to COVID-19, I’m delievering all my group programs through a combination of Zoom (for live cocahing calls) and my e-course portal (for access to training workbooks). However, even when travel restrictions relax, I will continue to offer this model because it is accessible to more people (e.g. those who are off-campus) and it reduces the amount of emissions and costs associated with travel.

Information is everywhere. If you want to learn anything you can ask Dr Google and get, at the very least, enough information to get you started. Academic writing is no different — there is no shortage of blog posts and books and courses that will teach you a step-by-step process for getting it done.

For years I also taught a writing process. In fact, I still teach it. But what I also know, as a coach, is that a process isn’t enough. People love my writing workshops and feel inspired to take action on the day, but I’ve no doubt that when they get back to their desk and the rest of the real world, many still struggle to find time to write, to say no to requests on their time and to overcome the fear of rejection to submit their document.

That is why my writing workshops are now a blend of teaching and coaching. You will get access to my training material, which will give you a step-by-step process to follow when writing your paper. But you will also get the emotional support you need, to actually implement what you have leraned. By offering small group coaching calls, you will have the opportunity to share your struggles in a supportive environment and reflect on why you are unable to make the changes that you want to make.

Contact me to discuss how I can help you (or, if you are in university administration, your staff and students) feel happier and become more productive in terms of their publication rate.

What writing workshops do you offer?

    Below are the outlines of workshops I was giving before COVID-19; feel free to get in touch to discuss how these can be adapted in the current climate of restricted travel.

    How do I book a workshop?

    If you would like to get some training at your organisation, please contact me today.

    Thank you for your wonderful workshop ‘Getting the story right: Writing the first draft’. I have been suffering from ‘Can’t get started’ disease and your workshop helped me immensely. What I really found helpful was the workbook exercises alongside your reassurance that free writing and bullet points are okay to begin with. I went home after your workshop and wrote out the entire first draft of my literature review. It was in bullet point form, but once I did this I was then able to start writing sentences and plugging in my evidence. This was such a relief to me! And my supervisor was incredibly impressed with my progress at our next meeting. So thank you from the bottom of my heart and the top of my brain — you were able to connect the two for me.

    LM, PhD student, Newcastle