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The Writing Series: Self-Editing (Part 1 and Part 2)
Course Description:
This is a 2 day course. Participants must attend both days to complete the course.

As every writer knows, editing your own work can be a challenge. In two linked sessions, you will discover how to be your own best editor. Through a series of short, practical exercises, you will be shown (and invited to try out) reliable techniques for transforming your draft into something fit for public consumption.

For their own use during the session (these will not be shared among the group), participants will be asked to bring:

(Workshop 1) An outline or summary of a draft or near-complete writing project, or of an idea for one that you have yet to start writing. This can be anything from an essay to a PhD or a monograph, and can be in note form, or just a set of ideas, still at the sketch stage.

(Workshop 2) A two or three-page extract of their own academic writing and, if possible, a recording device such as a Dictaphone or mobile phone. It is not a problem if the latter is not possible.

Elanor Dymott writes novels and short stories. After practising commercial law in London and South East Asia, she reported English and European law for The Times and the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. Her short fiction is published in UK literary magazines, and in anthology in Italy and the US. Her novels are published in the UK, the US and in translation. Elanor has taught long fiction on the Writing Masters at Warwick University (2018-20), was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the LSE (2018), and became a Consultant Fellow for the RLF in 2019. She enjoys working with academics to hone their personal writing style, and to develop and motivate their writing practice. Drawing on her background in law, she is especially interested in helping academics to write clearly, to make progress, and to edit their work with precision.


The workshops will each last 2 hours and will cover:

  • (Workshop 1) A structural edit of your work, be it an essay, a chapter of a PhD, or an entire monograph.
  • (Workshop 2) A line-edit of your work: how to polish your writing on a sentence level.
  • (Workshop 2) Tips and techniques for how to read and edit your own work as though it had been written by someone else.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Read your work more objectively.
  • Critique and hone your writing, on a structural and sentence level.
  • Take a draft essay, PhD, journal article or monograph and make it ready to be shown to your peers, supervisors or editors for their critique or approval.
Intended Audience:
UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only
18/07/2022 - 19/07/2022  (Enrol between 01/10/2021 and 12/07/2022) Enrol

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