Alfred Deakin Research Institute


Widen your readership

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:30:00 +1000

The Alfred Deakin Research Insitute is offering two very exclusive (and very FREE) writing programmes to Higher Degree by Research students in the coming months. Don't miss out on these one-of-a-kind workshops!


  • Dennis Glover, columnist, speechwriter 
  • Jennifer Kloester, biographer, novelist  
  • John Watson, The Conversation

'Writing to be Read', is aimed at those who are thinking about improving their writing and communicating their research to a broader audience. In the first instance, the programme is open to all currently-enrolled higher degree by research students in the Faculty of Arts and Education.  

Part I: Producing a Readable Thesis/Book with Dr. John Hirst
5 August, 2-4 pm, Conference Room, DUMCC

How can PhD students write academically rigorous theses which captivate broad audiences beyond the assessors who are paid to read them? How can students turn good theses into successful books?  John Hirst, one of Australia’s most eminent historians who has published some 15 books, will answer these questions in this interactive workshop. Students should bring an appetite to practice the art of writing or, as will often be the case, re-writing.   

Part II: Producing non-Academic Writing
5 September, 10-5 pm, Western Beach Room, Waterfront Campus

How can PhD students communicate the importance of the research beyond the academy? The workshop draws on the knowledge of those who have made the transition from academic publishing to newspapers, online forums, documentaries, speechwriting and books for general audience. This workshop requires participants to draw on the skills learnt from workshop 1 and submit short pieces of captivating writing as a first task (and if demand exceeds available places, participants will be chosen according to the order of received submissions). In the course of discussing their submissions with a panel of experts who have made the transition from academic to broader audiences, participants will:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the difference between academic and non-academic writing, hopefully sharpening both in the process.
  2. Learn successful ways to ‘pitch’ their research and ideas to media and other non-academic forums.
  3. Explore the possibilities of transitioning from niche to broader/trade publishers.
  4. Develop a richer understanding of the power of words in a political setting.

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Featuring John Watson from 'The Conversation' - learn how to write for a wider audience with our workshops.
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  • 'Writing to be Read' is a series of 2 workshops designed to help you captivate a wider audience
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