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Íde O’Sullivan, Lawrence Cleary
Regional Writing Centre
Participating in academic conversations
Developing and advancing balanced arguments
Exploring your personal writing process
Developing strategies that work for you
A major report
or thesis is
Chapter 4 - Data analysis / results and discussion
The End Matter generally consists of:
The dissertation should not be a Magical Mystery Tour!
(Oshima and Hogue, 2006: 22)
Dos and Don’ts
Analysing the genre/text and modelling
Generate a list of
The most important features of academic writing
Criteria to make your writing-strategies more effective
The important conventions in your discipline
What is/is not acceptable in your discipline
Student handbooks and guides for written submissions
“we learn to write through writing” (Hyland, 2002:81).
The “writing sandwich” (Murray, 2005:85): writing, talking, writing
Writing “buddies” (Murray and Moore, 2006:102)
Engaging in critiques of one another’s work allows you to become effective critics of your own work.
Regional Writing Centre
Writing is a personal process
Learning diary (Moore and Murphy, 2005:61)
Process journal (Elbow and Belanoff, 2003:19)
When do you feel most/least motivated to write?
What strategies have/have not worked in the past?
Shannon Consortium Regional Writing Centre, UL http://www.ul.ie/rwc/
Using English for Academic Purposes http://www.uefap.com/index.htm
The Writer’s Garden http://www. cyberlyber.com/writermain.htm
The OWL at Purdue http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://www.unc.edu/depts /wcweb/handouts/index.html
Elbow, P. (1998) Writing without Teachers (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
Elbow, P. and Belanoff, P. (2003) Being a Writer: A Community of Writers Revisited. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Hyland, K. (2002) Teaching and Researching Writing. London: Pearson Education Ltd.
Moore, S. and Murphy, M. (2005) How to be a Student: 100 Great Ideas and Practical Hints for Students Everywhere. UK: Open University Press.
Murray, R. (2005) Writing for Academic Journals. UK: Open University Press.
Murray, R. and Moore, S. (2006) The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press.