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Cambridge PhD Clinic: Writing is Such Sweet Sorrow

When Mar 15, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where B4, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge
Contact Name Johanna Finnemann & Yvonne Frankfurth
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Academic writing requires clarity, brevity and style if it is to communicate effectively. As George Orwell wrote, ‘Good prose is like a windowpane’. He also said that writers are vain, selfish and lazy, so we may have our work cut out discussing how to do it well! This workshop will give practical advice to PhD students of any discipline. So come and listen to insights about overcoming writer's block and translating thoughts into written work.

Louise Foxcroft is a historian and currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Magdalene College,Cambridge. She specialises in medical perceptions of the human body and how these relate to our present day experience. Her sixth book will be published this autumn and she has written for The Times, Independent, Observer, Guardian, New Scientist online, BBC Magazine online, etc. She has been a guest on ITV, BBC and RTE, as well as several BBC Radio programmes including The Medicalisation of Normality, Inside Science, Woman’s Hour, etc.

There will also be a chance to network with like-minded students coming from a range of disciplines within Cambridge Language Sciences and the ESRC DTC over wine and nibbles. 

To register please go to Please register early to avoid disappointment as previous events have been oversubscribed. If the event is oversubscribed we will operate a waiting list. Registration will close on the 10th of March. 

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