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Arts Essay Writing Workshop 3: Planning and Structuring an Essay

Workshop 3 moves us on from decoding the question to the next stages of thinking about and planning the essay.

Don't panic if you can't get past the first sentence of your introductory paragraph. Perhaps there is a better way to progress through and enjoy your encounter with the essay question. PERHAPS IT MAY NOT EVEN BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY TO START YOUR WRITING WITH THE FIRST SENTENCE OF YOUR INTRODUCTION - unless you had a brainwave for the first paragraph.

We will explore a well-known set of pre-writing procedures for harvesting your bright ideas. You will learn to remain focused on the key terms of the question, and to explore the links between them to create a set of main points which you will organise into a linear sequence. This technique 'a Process Method of essay development' will ensure that the essay you finally produce is coherently structured and answers the question.

To book a place on this workshop see the current School of Arts timetable or the MyBirkbeck academic development workshops.

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Critical thinking, Essay writing, Study skills, Writing skills