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Writing is such sweet sorrow (Cambridge PhD Clinic)

When Mar 15, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where B4, Dept. of Criminology, Sidgwick site
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Academic writing requires clarity, brevity and style if it is to communicate effectively. As George Orwell wrote, ‘Good prose is like a windowpane’. He also said that writers are vain, selfish and lazy, so we may have our work cut out discussing how to do it well! This workshop will give practical advice to PhD students of any discipline. So come and listen to insights about overcoming writer's block and translating thoughts into written work.

Louise Foxcroft is a historian and currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Magdalene College,Cambridge. She specialises in medical perceptions of the human body and how these relate to our present day experience. Her sixth Louise Foxcroftbook will be published this autumn and she has written for The Times, Independent, Observer, Guardian, New Scientist online, BBC Magazine online, etc. She has been a guest on ITV, BBC and RTE, as well as several BBC Radio programmes including The Medicalisation of Normality, Inside Science, Woman’s Hour, etc.

There will also be a chance to network with like-minded students coming from a range of disciplines within Cambridge Language Sciences and the ESRC DTC over wine and nibbles.


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Cambridge PhD Clinic offers a series of informal interdisciplinary workshops for graduate students in the language, natural and social sciences at the University of Cambridge to help them gain practical skills. We are funded by Cambridge Language Sciences and the ESRC DTC. People come to us with their (small or big) research problems and can benefit from advice and experience of their fellow graduate colleagues. Visit our website and join our facebook group to keep updated on our exciting events.

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