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Writing skills to take you from A to Z (or Year 1 to Dr): How to plan and write your thesis

Writing skills to take you from A to Z (or Year 1 to Dr): How to plan and write your thesis: Workshop 1 of 2
Speaker: Pippa Goldschmidt # STIS, University of Edinburgh
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24th Jan 2018 14:00 - 24th Jan 2018 16:00
David Hume Tower, LG.10 TBC

This workshop will provide you with a toolkit of writing skills and good habits to take you from the beginning of your thesis to the successful end.

Workshop 1: How to plan and write your thesis. 

Your actual thesis might seem like a long way off but there’s a lot you can do to start successfully planning for it from the very beginning. Good writing relies on a basic understanding of grammar and how words fit together. We’ll examine some basic guidelines and rules of constructing well-written sentences and paragraphs, using good (and bad) examples of academic writing.

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Speaker: Pippa Goldschmidt
I’m currently a visiting fellow in STIS. I’m a professional writer of (mainly) fiction and I used to be an academic; I have a PhD in astronomy and worked as a post-doc in the physics department of Imperial College for many years. I’ve also worked in social and science policy at the Scottish and UK Governments. I’m the published author of ‘The Falling Sky’ (a novel), and ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ (a short story collection). I’ve had my reviews, essays and poems published and broadcast in a variety of outlets including BBC Radio, the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement. Find out more at