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Writing support seminars

Mondays at 3pm
Course instructors: Valentina Pugliano and Milena Ivanova

These seminars aim to encourage Part II students to think critically about their writing for different purposes and to learn from each other as they develop their skills. These are not intended to replace individual supervisions but instead to provide a forum in which common issues can be explored creatively in an informal setting before being applied with greater confidence in assessed pieces of work.

Michaelmas Term

Week 1 (9 Oct) A hard and fast guide to essay writing
Week 2 (16 Oct) Understanding the literature: how to read and assess research articles
Week 3 (23 Oct) What do I want to say? Identifying a thesis statement and outlining a paper
Week 4 (30 Oct) The beginning: writing an effective introduction
Week 5 (6 Nov) Taking a side: presenting and evaluating background positions effectively (historiography)
Week 6 (13 Nov) The evidence: reading and using primary sources
Week 7 (20 Nov) Developing an argument: how to argue convincingly
Week 8 (27 Nov) The end: writing a strong conclusion

Lent Term

Week 6 (26 Feb) Dissertation writing I
Week 7 (5 March) Dissertation writing II
Week 8 (12 March) Effective redrafting

Easter Term

Week 1 (30 April) Examination in practice: writing an exam paper
Week 2 (7 May) Examination in practice: writing an exam paper