Advance Prog: Writing skills for researchers



The aim of this workshop is to equip participants with useful strategies for writing good quality journal papers and effective funding applications. The workshop will start by acknowledging some fundamental similarities between writing journal papers and funding applications before focusing on key differences relating to readers’ needs and expectations, storyline and writing style. To maximise participant engagement, the session will consist of a blend of input from the facilitator, group discussion in breakout rooms and an individual task.


By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained experience in identifying specific writing strategies used in good quality journal papers and funding applications. They should also feel more confident to use these strategies in their own writing.


10.00-10.30: Know your readership – journal papers & grant applications

10.30-11.00: Writing strategies 1 – Conveying a clear storyline

11.00-11.20: Breakout rooms + feedback to group

11.20-11.45: Writing strategies 2 – Strategies for consistency (journal papers + grant applications)

11.45-12.00: Individual coffee break task – textual analysis

12.00-12.25: Writing strategies 3 – Academic abstract vs lay summary

12.25-12.30: Summary of session + Q&A



The workshop will be delivered by Dr. Alison Yeung of Purely Academic Ltd, who delivers academic writing workshops and helps researchers to write with impact.

Tutorials to take place within 7 days of workshop

The purpose of the tutorials is for workshop participants to receive individual feedback from the workshop facilitator on a piece of writing they are currently working on. At the end of the workshop, participants will be asked to sign up for a 30-minute tutorial (via Zoom) with Alison to be held at a mutually convenient time no more than 7 days after the workshop. Participants will be required to send their piece of writing, which should be a maximum of 5 pages, double-line spaced, to Alison at least 48 hours before their scheduled tutorial.  Alison will then prepare detailed feedback (using track changes and annotated comments) on the participant’s piece of writing, including coherence (syntax, paragraphing and sentence structure), clarity and conciseness. This feedback will be discussed during the online tutorial.


By the end of the tutorials, participants should have a greater awareness of their specific writing strengths and challenges, and some useful techniques for improving their writing.

(Note: The tutorials will be helpful for any Early Career Researcher, as well as researchers (particularly those whose first language is not English).


Event name Date Time Location Description
The Advance Programme: Writing skills for researchers 03/02/2022 10:00 - 12:30 Online The aim of this session is to equip participants with useful strategies for writing good quality journal papers and effe... Register