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  • Thesis, exegesis, journal article writing, business, social sciences, humanities

    The web resources and workshops listed on this site are designed to assist students writing theses, exegeses and journal articles in the social sciences, humanities and business. The workshops listed on this page are suitable for continuing students beyond their first year of full-time candidature. The Research proposal writing workshop series is a prerequisite for attendance at these workshops. Workshops will be facilitated by Dr Wendy Bastalich. Information about the workshops and a link to the registration sites can be found below. Please read through the workshop information before registering for workshops.

    Each block below represents a series of three quarter day or two and a half hour workshops designed to support your writing goals. Workshops build cumulatively and it is important to attend from the first workshop in the block.

    Journal article writing is offered across four days at City West campus. Candidates attending this workshop should come along with an idea or a body of data they would like to develop into a journal article during the workshop.

    The Thesis/exegesis writing workshops are offered as a series of five, two and a half hour workshops at City West campus. Workshops involve a combination of analysis of discipline examples, group or pair discussion on your research and research writing, feedback on writing, and individual writing and reviewing.

    Before you attend the workshop please read through the online resource that corresponds with the workshop. The workshop facilitator will email you before the workshop to indicate which resource you should read and what you may need to bring along to the workshop. The resource can be found on the left menu of this site.   

    When you come to the workshop, bring along a USB stick with your thesis, exegesis or journal paper writing, examples of texts from your discipline as requested by the facilitator, and any other materials you may need to continue work on your writing. Workshops are held in computer pools, but you can bring along your own laptop to work on if you prefer.

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    Journal article writing four-day workshops 2019

    City West, Thursday, 9.30am─3pm  City West
    Day 1: Publication planning September 5, JS6-17
    Day 2: Putting together a rough draft September 6, GK3-21
    Day 3: Writing the main body, and the submission process September 19, JS6-17
    Day 4: Linking strategies, and working with reviewers and editors September 20, GK3-21


    Thesis and exegesis writing workshop series 2019

    Workshops                        City West, Thursday, 24.30pm, JS2-08
    1. Thesis styles and structures, abstracts and introduction November 21
    2. Referring to literature in different parts of your thesis or exegesis November 28
    3. Writing about methods and methodology December 5
    4. Writing about results and argument December 12
    5. Writing discussions/conclusions December 19

    Register (registrations will open one or two months before workshops are offered)

    To register for the workshops in the series, make a note of the date and campus of the workshop from the table above, find each workshop in the registration list, and click the box beside it. A tick will appear to indicate that you are registered. If you have registered, but find you will not be able to attend a workshop, please deregister at least a day or two before the workshop. This is important as facilitators plan workshops and make other important decisions affecting everyone in the group based on the registration lists. To deregister, click the ticked box beside the workshop and the tick will disappear.

    Workshops begin and end at the scheduled times and you will be expected to attend for the duration of the workshop. If you have another commitment and you will need to be a little late or you will need to leave early, please let the facilitator know prior to the workshop to prevent disruption to other participants.  

    Frequently asked questions

    My draft is not due yet and I don’t have much writing to show anyone. Should I attend the workshops now?

    Yes! The workshops are designed to support the publication planning, drafting and revision process. You’ll get better value by attending workshops in the early and middle stages of your drafting.

    Will the workshops be relevant to my discipline?

    Yes! The discipline and methodology you use determines the content of your writing. The workshops are not focused on content, but on linguistic features of research texts. In the workshops you will examine example texts from a range of discipline areas in the social sciences, business and humanities. You will also be asked to bring along example texts of the type you would like to write from your discipline, and you will examine how the writing principles introduced in the workshop manifest in your discipline example.

    I’m very busy, will the workshops save me time?

    Attending workshops can help you to establish a writing plan, clarify what is expected, break down the steps involved in achieving your writing goals, and provide valuable feedback on your writing,  all of which can save you considerable time. Much of the time in workshops is spent progressing your own drafts. Come along, you may be surprised how much writing you get done!

    I’ve just completed Honours, do I need to attend?

    Yes. Most Masters and PhD students, both local and international, whether recently completing a coursework research degree or returning to study, will take time to master research writing and oral communication genres. Research degrees demand an advanced level of reading, critical analysis and writing. The workshops are designed for skilled writers wishing to bring their research writing and reading skills to a new level of sophistication. Come along and refine your skills!