Creative and Productive Thesis Writing for Social Research - Online (join a waiting list)

Course Code


Organised by

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Helen Kara


21/10/2020 - 22/10/2020


Online run by University of Southampton


View in Google Maps  (SO17 1BJ)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Builing Co-Ordinator
National Centre for Research Methods
University of Southampton


Whether you are doing a scholarly PhD or a professional doctorate, you effectively need to write the equivalent of a book. Learning the necessary skills is essential but challenging. This one day course, taught over two mornings (09:30-13:00), will combine practical information and advice on the craft of writing, creative writing techniques, and 'shut up and write' sessions to clarify, improve, and accelerate your doctoral writing process. It will teach you how to become an effective and productive writer.

The course covers:

  • Techniques for getting started, keeping going, and managing writers’ block
  • Ways to write lots of words in short periods of time
  • The difference between writing and editing in practice
  • How to identify and use your writer’s ‘voice’
  • Why peer support is essential for thesis writing, and how to find and use it

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand how to get started and keep going with your writing
  • Know how to write hundreds of words in just half an hour
  • Understand that writing is a resource as well as a task to complete
  • Have learned techniques for writing productively and creatively

Target Audience

This course is aimed at Doctoral students.


Students need to be prepared to write part of their thesis; it doesn’t matter which part, and they should have access to any supporting materials they may need e.g. data, journal articles, books. They can write on electronic devices or longhand. They will also need paper, pen and scissors for one of the exercises.


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


The fee per teaching day is:

• £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff, staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £100 per day for all other participants

In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds are available after this date.

If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course.

The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration


South West


Writing Skills, Thesis Writing , , Doctoral Writing , , Creative Writing , , Productivity

Related publications and presentations

Writing Skills

Back to archive...