Putting the puzzle together

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

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False friends can be your best friends: a game for English learners

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

Starting an Essay… Eventually: Tackling Small Goals to Tackle the Big Goal

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

When is a title a tail wagging a dog?

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?