Co-author: Emmanouil Melissourgakis
The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Studies and PGRStudio relaunched Shut-up and Write sessions on Wednesday 27th January 2016. This event began with a brief presentation Patrick Dunleavy’s ‘Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation’ published by Palgrave in 2003. The presentation centered in on a range of the most important points discussed by the author including “what is authoring,” “Defining central research questions,” “Four patterns of explanation” and “principles of structuring a chapter or paper.” After the presentation of the text, everyone then moved to comfortable spaces to write for the next two hours.
Overall this first session was quite a success and was attended by postgraduate students and staff from Birmingham School of Media, School of Art, and School of Architecture and Design. At the end of the session, all of the participants talked about what it was like to be a part of this reading and writing group. Many of the participants felt that writing alongside people with different research interests provided an opportunity to understand not only the differences in approaches to reading and writing but mainly the commonalities. Some of the commonalities included “a passion for learning, for exploring and for doing academic research in so many different fields.” Having the ability to write alongside many different researchers was certainly a unique experience for many participants. There was an overall consensus that there is no right or wrong approach to reading and writing. In the end, we all agreed to return after one month and ‘shut up and write’ again.
So if you are intrigued or would like to experience this activity first hand, please join us for our next session on Wednesday 24th February 2016, at 1-4pm in P233 (2nd floor, Parkside building).
This month’s reading:
Ken Kyland’s ‘Directives: Argument and Engagement in Academic Writing’ published by Oxford University Press in 2002.