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Thu 2 May 2024
11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Cambridge University Libraries Online

Provided by: Cambridge University Libraries


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How to Write When You Don't Want to Write

Thu 2 May 2024


Do you feel you often experience 'writer's block' where you can't seem to start or make good progress with your writing? In this session, we will discuss ways of mitigating and getting past writer's block, particularly through seeing blocks as opportunities for writing.

Through discussing certain myths about academic writing and healthy ways of conceptualising the writing process, you will become familiar with techniques for freeing up your writing and making steady progress on your dissertation and other writing projects.

Target audience
  • PhD students
  • Researchers
  • Other Cambridge students and staff welcome

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Thu 2 May   11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge University Libraries Online Charlotte Cooper-Davis,  Melendra Sanders

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Dispel certain (toxic) myths about academic writing
  • Understand that writing is thinking and that quality writing comes through revising and editing
  • Understand the benefits of serial writing
  • Become familiar with techniques for freeing up your writing
  • Feel empowered to try new techniques and confident with the ones you have already

Online webinar with presentations, demonstrations, discussions and practical activities.

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This session will be delivered using Zoom so please ensure you have it installed ahead of the session. A joining link will be sent out as part of the booking confirmation process.


One hour



CUL Research Skills

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