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VIRTUAL EVENT: The ear of the writer: a multidisciplinary perspective on academic writing

28 January 2021, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

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In this webinar, Professor Dominic Wyse will reflect on some important ways to help university students with academic writing through a multidisciplinary perspective of writing processes.

This event is free.

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The capacity to communicate through written language is a defining feature of the human species. 

The history of writing reveals a productive tension between processes of increased standardisation versus the creativity that is a feature of human communication. 

As one important variant of written communication ‘academic writing’ has characteristics that are shared by nearly all forms of writing but also characteristics that are defining features of the form. 

It is argued that ‘the ear of the writer’ is a metaphor that can be applied by a wide range of writers, from novices to professional writers, who seek to improve their writing. 

Professor Dominic Wyse presents this inaugural talk in the newly launched Academic Writing Seminar Series. The talk will explore a multidisciplinary perspective on academic writing.

Academic Writing Seminar Series

Monthly seminar series where speakers present research and innovations in practice, and reflect on personal and institutional experiences of academic writing.


About the Speaker

Professor Dominic Wyse

Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the UCL Institute of Education

Dominic is President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), and Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

Dominic’s research on writing carried out over two decades has spanned expert writing, including academic writing, and novice writing including very young writers.

His recent research features a multidisciplinary study of writing, that includes a range of empirical and theoretical projects, published in 'How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media' (Cambridge University Press).

He is author (with Kate Cowan) of the popular book 'The Good Writing Guide for Education Students 4th Edition'. (SAGE Publishers).

More about Professor Dominic Wyse