Date/Time: to, 09:00 to 16:00
Location: Online
Permanent event: Writing Month

Refine your writing skills in this collaborative workshop focusing on academic style and expression.

Dates and Registration
The workshop is offered several times:

  1. 23.11.2023 | 09:00 - 16:00
    24.11.2023 | 09:00 - 16:00   Register here 
  2. 15.02.2024 | 09:00 - 16:00
    16.02.2024 | 09:00 - 16:00   Register here
  3. 04.04.2024 | 09:00 - 16:00
    05.04.2024 | 09:00 - 16:00   Register here

You can register for the event one month before the event starts from 9am. With your registration you agree to our terms and conditions.


Dr. Melinda Johnston

Target Group
Doctoral researchers and Postdocs writing their theses or those preparing articles for publication.

Number of Participants

Course Description
In this two-day course, participants will have the chance to workshop their writing and refine their skills in more advanced academic English expression. In this way, helpful principles will be introduced with participants then having the opportunity to put them into practice in their own real-world writing. Each half day is intended to respond to participants’ preferred focus areas, which may include:

  • Knowing when and how to employ informal and formal English.
  • Using transition and signpost words to aid flow.
  • Mastering common ‘academic’ punctuation and writing with concision.
  • Employing varied sentence structure when recounting methods.
  • Learning to write without language bias (including gender bias).
  • Confidently referring to and critiquing other work.

This course is particularly suited to those from any discipline and at any point in their PhD who would like to gain confidence around the subtleties of English style and nuanced expression in an academic environment. To get the most from this course, participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own real-world examples (especially their problem sentences) to the workshops.

1 Credit Point can be obtained by attending this course. Please contact your faculty for the recognition of performance for the doctoral degree.


  • Dr. Melinda Johnston
    Over 10 years' experience authoring and editing academic texts in the humanities | PhD in the History of Art from UCL | Previously Lecturer in Art History at the University of Canterbury and Research Librarian at the National Library of New Zealand | For more information: