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Telling the Story of Your Research in Academic Contexts

Students in academia frequently hear: “be aware of your audience,” “write for your reader.”

But how do you actually do this?

Join me for a deep dive into the issue of narration in academic writing. Let me help you understand the “plot” of academic research and how to tell the story of your research, regardless of your field. This workshop will enable you to make deliberate decisions about the use of:

    ·Active or passive voice

    ·First or third person


    ·“Signposting” (telling the reader what to expect)


Guided exercises will help you understand how to narrate your own projects using the conventions of your field.

Tell the story of your research with confidence and clarity.

Who is the target audience?
  • Graduate students, professors, academic writers
  • Also useful to undergraduates who have significant writing projects
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What Will I Learn?
Recognize the central plot structure of all academic research.
Orient your readers to the territory of your research.
Make choices about whether and how to locate yourself in the text.
Use “signposts” in your document so that readers know what to expect.
Signal transitions between sections and ideas.
Understand the use of tenses in academic projects.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 36:30
Laying the Groundwork
4 Lectures 13:53
Moving the Reader Through the Text
5 Lectures 21:37
Using "Voice Markers" to Narrate Your Research

Choosing and Using Active and Passive Voice

Taking the Reader With You


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Academic Writing Consultant

My passion is helping graduate students and faculty use writing to express their scholarly interests. Nearly all scholarly projects are grounded in writing, yet writing is rarely explicitly taught at advanced levels. My personal and professional mission is to make excellent writing instruction and coaching available to graduate student and faculty writers. I consult with individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad to support scholarly writing. I did my undergraduate work at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges and earned my Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. You can find more about my work online.

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