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Individual help with your writing

Academic Skills and Learning Centre (ASLC) offers ANU students free and confidential help with their academic work through individual tutorials. Visit the ASLC site for more information and how to book a time.

Writing workshops

The research masterclass series has a number of workshops on thesis writing and publication which any research student at ANU can attend. For a full list of the writing workshops visit the Research Masterclass registration page.

Writing Partners Program

Need to write a paper or that difficult chapter in your thesis? Can't quite get started on that thesis proposal or journal article? Having trouble fitting the writing into your already full workload? Would you like to try a tried and tested way of improving your writing output, supported by others facing the same hurdles as you?

Then why not apply for Writing Partners? It will put you on the path to never getting behind with your writing again!

Next program:
End Feb - details announced soon

Attend all sessions in a program.
Venue: Seminar Room, CHELT building (10T)

Writing Partners provides you with a support system for planning, managing and doing your writing -- amidst your other commitments -- in order to achieve your writing goals.

Over the course of 4 weeks, you will declare your writing goals, plan and prepare interim measures and milestones to assist you - and your peers. You will write alone or in writing appointments, and, on the final day of the program, celebrate others' and your achievements.

Writing Partners is not like a writing retreat - you do not have to withdraw from your existing commitments such as researching, teaching or attending seminars. Instead you'll receive support to set goals and schedule writing time during the 4-week cycle in accordance with your own needs and availability.

Writing Partners works with any realistic, specific and achievable writing tasks you wish to complete or make progress on in a 4-week period. Example tasks include resubmitting a journal paper, finishing a book chapter, drafting a lecture/conference paper or funding application, or developing a thesis proposal.

If this sounds like the writing program you have been waiting for, please register online (see above). We are also interested in supporting those who would like to take Writing Partners back to fellow writers in their area. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or phone on x57555.


Some recommended reading

How to write a better thesis

They say / I say: the moves that matter in academic writing

Writing for social scientists

Stylish academic writing

Becoming an academic writer: 50 exercises for Paced, Productive and Powerful writing


Downloadable Worksheets

Powerful paragraphs

Using a matrix to organise your notes for writing

Thesis Whisperer verb cheat sheet


Other Resources

There is a lot of free advice available on the internet about writing your thesis. Check out the following blogs and sites for ideas:

The academic phrase bank

The Thesis Whisperer posts on writing


Explorations in Style

Three month thesis

Writing across boundaries


Updated:  19 February 2013/Responsible Officer:  Director, Research Training /Page Contact:  RSDC Web Manager