Ok, this is an announcement more than a post.
…did you know that only 2% of academics have ever undertaken any formal training in academic writing ?
This is amazing when you consider how critical it is for academics to be able to write well. Think about a PhD thesis. Or a research paper. Or a proposal to obtain research time at some international facility (a major lab or a big telescope). Or even a grant application. Or a job at a prestigious university.
Your chances of being successful at any of these hinges greatly on one simple factor: How well you can write!
Sadly, most PhD students (and, dare I say, academics!) are expected to (magically!) master academic writing with very little guidance, almost by osmosis. Of course, there is much you can learn by trial and error and by attempting to emulate the work of the masters. But this is a lengthy, inefficient, and serendipitous path to take. And one that does not guarantee success either! (Do you really want to find out how to write a good job application by trial and error?)
Far better is to understand what makes for good writing, to learn the dos and don’ts of academic discourse, and to follow some simple strategies that can massively improve the quality of your writing. Then, you realise that scientific academic writing is a craft. And one that you can learn!
Yes, I know. There are hundreds of books out there, which could teach you how to write successfully in academia. And actually many of them are really great.
But here is the problem. Do you actually ever read them? I suspect, your answer is no.
And if you do, have you ever wished you could get in touch with the author to ask any question you may have? If that’s the case, then here is my announcement for you:
I have developed a step-by-step programme specifically designed to take you through the process of academic writing, at your own pace, but with my support.
Interested? Then, have a look at
In this course, I will share with you some simple tools and techniques that I regularly use in my own writing and that have proved helpful to many students already.
Whether you are working at your PhD thesis or a research paper, this course will provide you with an easy-to-follow framework to become a more effective, confident and productive writer.
And even if you are not in a scientific discipline, you can still benefit from plenty of very general strategies and tips to help you improve on your skills.
Now, here is the important bit!
The course will go live online for the first time on November 4th and then registration will be over until next year.
And because this is the course debut, I’m going to offer it at a very special price for this time only.
So, now is the time to take action. Click here to register.
But hurry up! This offer expires on Sunday, November 3rd.
PS Oh, and if you think that this post may be relevant to someone you know, please be so kind to pass it on.
 Source: Helen Sword, Author of Stylish Academic Writing, Harvard University Press (2012)