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Helen Sword: How Successful Academics Write

Helen Sword: How Successful Academics Write

Academic writing expert Helen Sword (author of "Stylish Academic Writing") will give a live online talk and Q&A about for DMU on Friday 20th April, sharing ideas from her recently published new book "Air and Light and Time and Space - How Successful Academics Write". Helen is Professor and Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland. Helen’s new book is an “essential new guide for writers aspiring to become more productive and take greater pleasure in their craft.”

You can either attend:

  • In person, in the Learning Developmet Zone, Kimberlin Library
  • Online, using "Blackboard Collaborate" webinar software (see details below)

Part of the Writing Group for Research Students, where DMU's doctoral students meet monthly for writing workshops and peer to peer feedback. For those that can stay, the session is followed by a peer to peer writing feedback session from 11am.

All staff and students welcome. Please register in advance. Contact Andrew Reeves on areeves@dmu.ac.uk for further information.


Related LibGuide: Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) previous by Zara Hooley

Friday, 20th April 2018
10:00 - 11:00
(OLD) KL 0.07, Learning Development Zone, Ground Floor, Kimberlin Library
Registration has closed.


If you are attending online rather than in person, the information below will help you to join the session using Blackboard Collaborate.

Testing your connection:

  1. Go to https://vle.dmu.ac.uk/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/launchSession/guest?uid=98d6bbbc-a614-4046-b6c3-da471d9665ff&course_id=_324139_1
  2. You should be prompted to install and run the Launcher. This needs to be firstly downloaded (which takes a couple of minutes) and then Run before the session will open.
  3. TROUBLESHOOTING TIP: To use the link above, you need to first LOG OUT of Blackboard on your machine.
  4. If joining proves tricky, there’s a step by step guide online here: http://celt.our.dmu.ac.uk/support-using-technology/blackboard-collaborate/launching-a-collaborate-session/
  5. Once you’ve done the above on your machine, future sessions should open with no problem.
  6. If you can’t make the test session work, feel free to email Andrew Reeves on areeves@dmu.ac.uk

Joining the Session on the day

  1. Go to https://vle.dmu.ac.uk/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/launchSession/guest?uid=0a69fa38-cf64-4df9-b0c0-f22fdd89f9a3&course_id=_324139_1 up to one hour in advance of 10am UK time
  2. You should be able to listen to the talk, see slides as they are presented and ask questions via the chat window.
  3. We will have limited support available during the session, so please try to test your connection in advance using the steps above.

Event Organizer

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Andrew Reeves
Andrew Reeves is a lecturer in learning development with the CLaSS team. He specialises in support for postgraduate learners and online provision. Andrew is also a Senior Lecturer within DMU's institute of Energy and Sustainable Development.