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Writing skills: Style - Academic writing conventions

Venue: Online

What is 'academic writing'? What does it sound like? How do i use it? How is it similar or different to other kinds of writing? Why can’t I say ‘I’ or state my opinions? How can I sound more appropriately academic?

This workshop will discuss the academic conventions of formality, objective tone, cautious 'hedging' language and alternatives to using ‘I’ in your assignments, including how to express your arguments objectively, cautiously and persuasively. It will also examine different types, or genres, of academic writing that are required in different disciplines.

This online workshop will take place on a Blackboard Collaborate link within the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle Module. It is intended for enrolled Birkbeck students, and you will require your student login details to access the workshop.

All our workshops will be repeated numerous times throughout the academic year. The resources and a recording of this workshop will be found in the Writing skills resources section of the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module (student login required). 

If you encounter any problems booking events through My Birkbeck, please book via the Birkbeck Events webpage.

The central study skills team offers a variety of study skills and writing skills workshops. 

This is one of the writing skills workshop series, which consists of:

1. Essay and assignment writing
2. Writing a dissertation
3. Style: Academic writing conventions
4. Structure: Paragraphs and signposting language
5. Grammar 1: Sentence structure
6. Grammar 2: Punctuation
7. Drafting, editing and proofreading your assignments
8. Academic writing skills for exams

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