Topic outline

  • Attend this workshop (face-to-face or online)

    Additional material

    The information, resources and activities below are useful to:

    • prepare for the workshop
    • access if you are unable to attend
    • refresh your understanding after the workshop.

    Watch the video (2 minutes, 26 seconds)

    Key points from the video:

    • Writing an essay involves taking a position on an issue and defending it using academic support.
    • It is not a linear process - there will be planning, drafting, extra reading, redrafting and editing.
    • Essays usually have an introduction, body paragraphs, a conclusion and a reference list.
    • The introduction usually contains background information about the topic, your position and a preview of how your ideas will be organised.
    • Each paragraph has a topic sentence to introduce the focus, supporting sentences with evidence and examples and a concluding sentence to sum up the paragraph or connect it to the next one.
    • The conclusion summarises the main points of your essay and restates your position.
    • The reference list is at the end of your essay and is a list of all the sources you used in-text (in the body of your writing) to support your argument.

    Think about your own assignment topic and make an initial plan 

    Useful resources for thinking about the topic

    Plan your search for readings

    Useful resources for planning your search

    Develop your paragraphs

    Useful resources for writing your paragraphs

    Refer to an essay writing checklist

    Download the checklist