By Roisin O'Donoghue I have a complicated relationship with the written word. I mean, I love writing about things that I know and care about whether it’s a comment on a Facebook post or blog post about university. However, because there are so many different types of writing, there are many ways to feel about it. … Continue reading My Love/Hate relationship with writing
By Gianni Angelini, Professional Technical Writer and Masters Student. So, finally the game is over: I did it! I worked out how to accomplish my first Masters research report! If I look backward, here's what I see: one week of procrastination, one week of gathering data and thinking about what to write, and one week … Continue reading How a bit of procrastination helped me to get the right motivation
By Rachel Cahalane, PhD student. For me, I decided to undertake a PhD because I am very passionate about the research area that I am involved in. However, I think I forgot that by agreeing to do this I was also (unknowingly) agreeing to produce quality pieces of writing. At the beginning, I really struggled … Continue reading Putting the puzzle together
By Deirdre Lynch, PhD, MIEI. For me, a big part of the challenge was mental. The idea of completing a PhD thesis was so overwhelming to me I could not comprehend ever finishing it. The task was too huge, I could just not see myself completing it. Then a friend told me about a technique … Continue reading How I made it through in “just” five years!
By Gianni Angelini, Professional Technical Writer and Masters student. "Push forward!", that's what the Language course director told me the last day of the academic English writing course. It was just the end of last August, and I was trying to win my fears about not being able to engage in academic writing during the … Continue reading False friends can be your best friends: a game for English learners
By Rachel Helgeson, 2nd year student. I consider myself a writer. But the hardest thing for me to do is to start writing. It’s taken me a good few days just to start this article. I’d bet you’d expect that someone who calls themselves a writer would actually enjoy the idea of receiving a new … Continue reading Starting an Essay… Eventually: Tackling Small Goals to Tackle the Big Goal
By Lawrence Cleary, Co- director, Regional Writing Centre, UL. Is there anything more frustrating than conjuring a title that communicates everything you want it to communicate? It seems that most of the online wisdom about coming up with a good title is from bloggers, an anxiety that appears close to every blogger’s heart. A close … Continue reading When is a title a tail wagging a dog?
By Ciara Gleeson, 1st year New Media & English student. Hey guys, You may begin reading this with the question, "Why the hell am I taking advice from a college drop-out?" but bare with me... Last year, I made the (incredibly scary) decision to drop out of a course I had spent the last three years … Continue reading Advice from a college drop-out
Writing-talk is a platform for students to talk about their successes and failures when writing for academic assessment. We at the Regional Writing Centre, UL, believe that everyone can write, but that we become better writers when we talk with others about our experiences of writing, our approaches to assignments and the strategies we employ … Continue reading Welcome to Writing-talk!