School of Social and Political Science

Creative and Productive Research Writing

Short course

Date & Time

A practical, enlightening, fun course to help you become an effective and productive writer.




Learning the necessary skills to write for research is essential but challenging. This course will combine practical information and advice on the craft of writing, creative writing techniques, and 'shut up and write' sessions to clarify, improve, and accelerate your research writing process. It will teach you how to become an effective and productive writer.

The course covers:

  • Techniques for getting started, keeping going, and managing writers’ block
  • Ways to write lots of words in short periods of time
  • The difference between writing and editing in practice
  • How to identify and use your writer’s ‘voice’
  • Why peer support is essential for research writing, and how to find and use it

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand how to get started and keep going with your writing
  • Know how to write hundreds of words in just half an hour
  • Understand that writing is a resource as well as a task to complete
  • Have learned techniques for writing productively and creatively

Key speakers

  • Dr Helen Kara