Academic Writing

Workshop topics

Strategies, models and techniques for producing effective writing.

Academic Writing

Effective writing strategies and examples

Suitable for all students

Format:
A series of five 90-minute workshops. You are welcome to attend individual workshops although it is beneficial if you are able to attend all workshops.

A series of five workshops. Each workshop will include:

  • Effective writing strategies
  • An example of student work
  • Critical thinking and writing activities

Re-use Your Seminar Reading

Re-use your reading efficiently in your essay.

Evidence and Referencing

How to use evidence, quotes and references.

Writing about Theory

How to get theory under control in your writing.

Argument and Plan

How to build an argument.

Introductions and Conclusions

Make the beginning and end powerful and convincing.

Dates:
4:00 PM on Mon, 24 February, RHB 274 - Re-use your Seminar Reading
4:00 PM on Mon, 2 March, RHB 274 - Evidence and Referencing
4:00 PM on Mon, 9 March, RHB 143 - Writing about Theory
4:00 PM on Mon, 16 March, RHB 143 - Argument and Plan
4:00 PM on Mon, 23 March, MMB 220 - Introductions and Conclusions

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Advanced Essay Writing

Build on your existing writing techniques

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students with current deadlines.

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • Examples of feedback from lecturers
  • Strategies for strengthening argument
  • Examples and models of critical writing
  • Strategies for editing professionally

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 1 April, MMB 221 - Book here
1:00 PM on Tue, 21 April, RHB 138 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Critical Thinking for Essays

Learn how to apply critical thinking skills to your academic learning and writing.

Recommended for all students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

Critical thinking is the key to learning and is at the heart of all academic writing. Critical writing involves considering and analysing evidence to make reasoned conclusions. It is therefore important to ask questions instead of accepting things at face value. This workshop will help students develop critical thinking skills which they can apply to their academic writing.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Decolonizing Research Methods

The relationships between Western academic research and colonial practices.

Available to all students in all years.

Format:
A series of ten 2-hour interactive workshops. You are welcome to attend individual sessions (e.g. only Part 1, or only Part 2 and Part 5, etc.), although it is beneficial if you are able to attend all workshops.

These workshops are based on the premise that Western academic research is an activity that occurs in a set of historical, political and social conditions that are tied to colonial and imperial practices. 

Taught by an academic lecturer, each workshop involves:

  • Generating and reflecting on ideas and experiences related to the theme of the workshop.
  • Discussing attitudes, assumptions and motivations that underpin academic study and research practices.
  • Engaging with academic writing produced by peoples who have traditionally been marginalized in Western academia.
  • Analysing participants’ own values in relation to these contexts.

Part 1: The Enlightenment

This workshop focuses on the core principles of the Enlightenment which underpin research motivations and legitimacy.

Part 2: History

This workshop facilitates a deconstruction of whose history is prioritised and validated through research practices.

Part 3: Borders

This workshop examines the impact of borders on the production of knowledge.

Part 4: Religion

This workshop focuses on the religious foundations of identity and social relations, and how they influence moral and ethical choices.

Part 5: Language

This workshop considers the role of language in social, cultural and political relations, particularly in the legitimization of academic research.

Part 6: Education

This workshop highlights and interrogates dominant attitudes and practices that form the basis of a ‘good’ education, including its structure and goal.

Part 7: Gender

This workshop looks at socially patterned categories of gender identification, and how these contribute to knowledge of the self and the other.

Part 8: Capitalism

This workshop explores how a dominant economic logic is intertwined with historical and contemporary social relationships.

Part 9: Democracy

This workshop investigates the intentions and consequences of universalizing contemporary Western political structures.

Part 10: Progress

This workshop explores the possible contributions of academic research to disrupting colonial formations, and reconceptualizing the social order.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, St James Block Garden Room / Part 6: Education - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 3 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 7: Gender - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 10 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 8: Capitalism - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 17 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 9: Democracy - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 10: Progress - Book here

For further information please email Sara Ewing.

Directions to St James Garden Room: walk down Laurie Grove towards the Laban Centre, turn left through the security parking gates as if to go to the College Green, then turn right and walk down behind the Whitehead Building towards Lockwood Annexe. Go through the gates into the St James Hall courtyard and the Garden Room is directly in front of you. You can find this building on the Campus Map.

Please note, there are three steps down into this room. If you have accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance of the workshop.

Resources for this workshop can be found on the Decolonizing Research Methods Learn.gold (VLE) page. Please note that each week’s readings are available by Wednesday afternoon prior to the class on the Decolonizing Research Methods Learn.gold page.

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Finish Your Essay

Manage procrastination and get words on the page.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students with current deadlines.

Format:

This workshop presents:

  • Strategies for managing procrastination
  • Strategies for generating writing
  • Models and examples of essay plans
  • Models for a conclusion

Dates:
3:00 PM on Mon, 30 March, MMB 221 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills 

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Getting Started with Revision

This workshop will consider the importance of preparation and organization to the revision process.

This workshop is recommended for all students who have to sit examinations. 

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

This workshop will consider the significance of preparation and organization to the revision process. It will also look at how best to utilise different learning styles to make them more effective for revision purposes.

To get the most from this workshop, students are advised to consult their department office to discover where past exam papers are kept and to bring some past questions along. Alternatively, students should refer to their course area on Learn.gold (VLE) and bring along some relevant essay questions.

Dates:
1:00 PM on Thu, 21 March, MMB 224 - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills.

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How to Write a Thesis Statement

Discover how to use thesis statements to help focus your essays/dissertations and structure your argument.

Suitable for all students

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop

A thesis statement indicates your opinion or stance on an essay topic. It sets out what you intend to argue or prove and is usually found towards the end of your introduction. This workshop explores:

  • The importance of including a thesis statement in your essays
  • The purpose of a thesis statement
  • Students will be encouraged to practise writing thesis statements

Dates:
2:00 PM on Wed, 26 February, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Integrating research into your academic writing

This interactive session explores different ways of citing material from your bibliography sources inside your essay.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand the importance of in-essay referencing
  • Take away a bank of useful phrases for integrating quotations into your essays.
  • Have learnt paraphrasing strategies to avoid plagiarism and the overuse of quoted material.

Dates:
2:30 PM on Thu, 20 February, MMB 110 - Book here
2:30 PM on Thu, 12 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Introduction to Referencing

Understand the principles of referencing and gain confidence before your next assignment.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
This is a 60-minute workshop.

You will be introduced to the basics of referencing and shown some simple tools to make the process easier.
By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Understand why and when to reference others in academic work
  • Understand when to use in-text citations or footnotes and how this relates to the reference list
  • Find online tools to make referencing simpler

Dates:
1:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, Prokofiev Room, RUTHB - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Reflective Writing Hour

Make time for regular self reflection and reflective writing.

Recommended for students who need to keep a learning journal or review their own practice as part of their course. 

Format:
These are 60-minute sessions. No booking required.

Regular drop-in sessions to give students a space to write. This is not a taught session, but a tutor from the Academic Skills Centre will be on hand to facilitate the session. Useful resources will be available to help students understand the language and purpose of reflective writing and how to apply it to their learning.

Dates:
1:00 PM on Mon, 9 March, WT Seminar Room A

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Undergraduate Dissertation Writing: Structure and Argument

Effective strategies for building argument in a long project

Suitable for undergraduate students who are currently writing dissertations.

Format:
This is a 120-minute workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • An overview of all the parts of a thesis
  • Strategies for making a question or title
  • An example Introduction
  • Strategies for building argument using topic sentences

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 31 March, MMB 221 - Book here
1:00 PM on Fri, 17 April, PSH 305 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Undergraduate Dissertations Writing: Conclusion

Provide a powerful and convincing ending

Suitable for undergraduate Goldsmiths students who are currently writing dissertations. 

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • Strategies for writing the discussion and conclusion
  • Strategies for macro-editing a long piece of writing
  • An example conclusion

Dates:
3:00 PM on Thu, 2 April, MMB 221 - Book here
2:00 PM on Wed, 22 April, RHB 138 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills 

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Zotero for Managing Your References (Part 1)

Learn to use this free tool to help manage your references.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
These are 90-minute workshops.

This beginners workshop will introduce you to the freely available reference management software called Zotero. Zotero can help you collect and manage your references as you find them and then quickly add them to your written work using automated in-text citations and an automatically generated reference list. 

You are strongly advised to bring your own laptop if you have one and make sure that you have installed Zotero in advance of the session. This video guide can help you. 

You will also be able to use Zotero on the computers provided if you do not have your own laptop.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Check their Zotero is correctly set up and synced to their account
  • Understand the basic layout and benefits of Zotero
  • Use simple methods to add references to their Zotero library and make edits
  • Use the Zotero word processor plugin
  • Produce a reference list in a style of your choice

Zotero is recommended for all students and researchers who want to use to a tool to manage their references. Zotero is particularly useful for longer projects, dissertations, or research.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Thu, 5 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Zotero for Managing Your References (Part 2)

Improve your efficiency with Zotero and use advanced features.

Suitable for all students.

Format:
These are 90-minute workshops.

This second Zotero session is aimed at students and researchers already familiar with Zotero who want to know more about its advanced functionality and added features. You should have already attended the beginners session first unless you are experienced using Zotero for managing your references.

You are strongly advised to bring your own laptop if you have one, and are expected to have already installed Zotero and used the basic features for adding references. You will also be able to use Zotero on the computers provided if you do not have your own laptop.

By the end of this session students should be able to:

  • Use advanced methods to add references to your Zotero library, including exporting multiple references at once and creating chapter references
  • Check and remove duplicate references
  • Utilise advanced functions in Zotero to manage research and note taking
  • Use groups to share references

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 3 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Wed, 11 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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