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28th March 2022 // Lancaster University
the 2022 Writing Summit
About the Event

The Summit is aimed at postgraduate students in the Arts and Humanities interested in advancing their writing skills.

Writing for a multitude of audiences is an invaluable skill for students, whether they foresee a career in academia or not. The EPOCH Writing Summit brings together writers and academics, including Sunday Times bestselling author Marc Morris, to help us think about audience, style, tone, and the treatment of history. 

 

The Writing Summit will offer students from across the globe practical training in public engagement by facilitating writing workshops and seminars that explore how specialist research can permeate public spheres. The summit will bring together experts in a number of fields, including popular history, to examine the skills necessary to restructure written research in order to disseminate critical innovation in the humanities across these genres.

Early-bird tickets are available here >>> 

with
Marc Morris
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Sunday Times bestselling author Marc Morris will be joining us for an extended Q&A session in the afternoon to help us think about audience, style, tone, and the treatment of history. 

There will be an opportunity to talk to Marc about his own experiences, and the process of producing history that is both academically rigorous and highly enjoyable to read. 

 

and
University of London Press

We will also be joined by a representative from University of London Press, who will discuss what publishers are looking for from graduates. 

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Workshops

01

Writing out of the Box

with Joanne Wood, Learning Developer

In this session, we'll be unpicking the 'rules' of writing, and exploring what could

be holding your writing back. More info to come.

 

02

Crafting the Perfect EPOCH Article

with Karianne Robinson, EPOCH Editorial Team

In this session, we will take the process of submitting and writing for a magazine from the first pitch to the finished piece. This will include how to choose an appropriate topic, how to focus your ideas, and how to select material for a short-form article. We will discuss how to turn academic writing into an accessible and exciting magazine article and the techniques that we can use to make our research as interesting to a wider audience as it is to us! 

We invite attendees to submit their pitches to EPOCH for publication in subsequent issues. Come to the session with a rough idea of an article you think could work. 

03

Selling Your Ideas: Writing for Job,

Postdoc, and Grant Applications

with Alexander Wragge-Morley

Lecturer and Author of Aesthetic Science

In this session, we’ll think about how to sell your ideas to the scariest audience of them all – the people reading your job, postdoc, and grant applications. There’s no magic formula for writing successful applications, especially in this tough job market. But in this session we’ll look at strategies for maximizing your chances. In particular, we’ll focus on the links between writing for the wider public and writing for applications. While there are differences between the two genres, there are also crucial similarities – most notably the task of explaining your ideas to people who know little or nothing about your field, and the need to convince readers that your ideas are important before they start getting bored. What’s more, there’s the delicate balancing act of writing for experts and non-experts at the same time. How do you write for a broader public while remaining credible to those in the know?

 

To participate in this session, come prepared to workshop a 250 word statement of your research and its broader significance. Together, we’ll work on writing a powerful statement that rapidly tells the reader what you work on, what question(s) you seek to answer, and why they are important.

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To be confirmed