23-27 September

1.Flow and Clarity (Featured course for the week)


We all want our writing to ‘flow’. We all want to express our ideas ‘clearly and concisely’, but what exactly does that mean and what must I do to make it happen? The good news: it’s a lot easier than you might think. All it takes is understanding a few simple principles, a little practice, and your meaning will come shining through.


In this one-day workshop, you will learn

  • Definitions, features & benefits of the flow writing style

  • The difference between hyperfluent and flow writing

  • Finding and cutting clutter

  • Improving flow by reducing cognitive load on readers

  • Engaging readers


2.Writing Up Research for Publication


Is your research getting the recognition it deserves? Are you getting published in the best journals in your discipline? Would you like to be a more productive, efficient and effective writer and learn how to greatly increase your chances of getting published in the journals of your choice?


In this one-day workshop, you will learn:

  • The classic 3-move pattern for introductions

  • Working with “the literature”

  • Schemas

  • Selecting the ‘right’ journal and working with journal editors

  • The peer review process and its variations

  • Working with reviewer feedback


3.The Six-Week Thesis & Dissertation Writing Plan


Are you ABD? All but done? All you need to do to graduate is write up your research. That’s easier said than done and many graduate students find themselves stuck for some or all of these reasons:


  • feeling overwhelmed and stressed

  • lack motivation

  • not enough time

  • lack of clear direction in terms of how to organize my ideas

  • lots of advice about what to do but not how to do it

  • lack of academic writing skills

  • problems formatting the paper to the required style guidelines


The Six-week Writing Plan is designed to help you push past these obstacles and get that all-important first draft down on paper. A lot of the advice you read or hear tells you ‘what’ to do (write clearly and concisely) but not ‘how’. The Six-week Writing Plan focusses on the ‘how’ and provides practical tools and techniques to help you produce that critical first draft.


In this one-day workshop you will learn:

  • How to take stock of where you are now

  • How to focus your personal writing process

  • The most commonly used structures for each section of your thesis or dissertation

  • Getting your thesis/dissertation advisor on your side


4.Non-Technical Writing Topics


Blog posts, success stories, policy briefs, terms of reference, job descriptions, corporate and promotional material…

There seems to be now end to the non-technical writing you have to do as part of your job and it’s not easy. Not easy, that is, if you don’t know the secret of structures. In this one-day workshop, you will learn:


  • Everything has a structure

  • How structure helps you write better and faster

  • Where to find structures

  • How to ‘switch gears’ when writing non-technical material


5.Write Convincing Policy Briefs


Have you ever wondered if, how and why policy briefs make a difference? There are many guides that will tell you how to write a policy brief, but there is more to an effective policy brief than wording. Writing the brief is just a small part of the work. In this half-day workshop, you will learn:


  • To select the right kind of brief for your audience

  • Design and planning your brief

  • How to engage readers through your writing and writing style

  • Getting the right feedback before you publish

  • Using the right channel to distribute your brief          

  • Engagement and impact


23 Monday

24 Tuesday

25 Wednesday

26 Thursday






1 Flow Writing

2 Writing Up Research

3 Thesis & Dissertation

4 Non Technical

1 Flow Writing (half session)





1b Flow Writing

2 Writing Up Research

3 Thesis & Disssertation

4 Non Technical

5 Policy Briefs (half sesson)


Flashcard sessions



F1 Writing Flow

F2 Writing Up Research

F3 Thesis and

F4 Non-technical

F5 Self Publishing on