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

    Information about the Journal Article Writing Workshop Series, and the Thesis and Exegesis Writing Workshop Series can be found below. Please read through the workshop information before registering for workshops. The Research Proposal Writing Workshop Series provides a foundation for these workshops.

    Journal article writing is offered across four days at City West campus. Workshops run from 9.30am to 3pm. Candidates attending this workshop series should come along with an idea or a body of data they would like to develop into a journal article during the workshop. Journal article writing workshops involve facilitator-led presentations and activities, and pair discussion of your research writing, with significant time devoted to individual writing and reviewing.

    Thesis and 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 facilitator-led presentations and activities, analysis of discipline examples, group or pair discussion on your research and research writing, feedback on your writing, and individual writing and reviewing.

    Workshops build cumulatively and it is important to attend the first workshop in the block through to the last.

    Before you attend a workshop please read through the relevant online resource. Online resources are listed from the right menu on this site. The workshop facilitator will email you before the workshop to indicate which resource you should read.   

    When you come to the workshop, please bring along a USB stick with your existing thesis, exegesis or journal paper writing on it, 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 are welcome to bring along your own laptop if you prefer.

    If you will be a little late, or you will need to leave early, please let the facilitator know prior to the workshop commencing to prevent disruption to other participants.

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    Journal article writing four-day workshops 2020 (Registration sites will be posted two months before commencement)

    City West, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am─3pm 

    City West

    Day 1: Publication planning September 24, GK3-19
    Day 2: Journal article structures September 25, GK3-19
    Day 3: Writing the main body of a journal article October 8, JS6-17
    Day 4: Publication ethics and journal article submission process October 9, GK3-21


    Thesis and exegesis writing workshop series 2019 (Registration sites will be posted two months before commencement)


                           CW, Thursday, 24.30pm, BH3-11

    1. Thesis styles and structures, abstracts and introduction November 12
    2. Referring to literature in different parts of your thesis or exegesis November 19
    3. Writing about methods and methodology November 26
    4. Writing about results and argument December 3
    5. Writing discussions/conclusions December 10


    If you find you will be unable to attend a workshop, please deregister at least two days before the workshop. This is important as facilitators plan workshops and make other important decisions affecting everyone in the group based on the registration numbers.   

    Frequently asked questions

    I'm a commencing candidate, should I attend the journal article and thesis/exegesis writing workshops now?

    The thesis and journal article writing workshops are designed to support continuing candidates writing journal articles and theses or exegeses. The journal article writing workshops support the publication planning, drafting and revision process. While it is not necessary to have a developed draft, you must have an idea for a journal article, a conference paper or a book chapter that you want to work on in the workshops. You may get better value by attending journal article writing workshops in the early and middle stages of your drafting.

    The thesis writing workshops focus on structuring a large document and will involve activities to support you in developing abstracts, introductions and other key sections of writing in the longer document. If you have not begun the thesis or exegesis writing process, you may not be able to participate meaningfully in all of the activities. Thesis and exegesis writing workshops are recommended for candidates who are in the middle to later stages of candidature.

    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 structural and 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 may also be asked to bring along example texts of the type you would like to write from your own 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 be worth my 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 in the long run. Much of the time in workshops, particularly in the journal article writing workshops, is spent progressing your own drafts. The workshops will also help you to improve the level of sophistication of your writing, and to make your writing more coherent, accessible and powerful.