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Academic Writing Support

Welcome to the Wolfson College Writing Centre! Our goal is to help Wolfson undergraduates and postgraduates with their writing projects at any point in the writing process. We offer one-to-one and group sessions to help students become more confident and practised writers.

 

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One-to-one support

Writing Consultants - New for 2022/23 - (Not available outside term)

We are excited to be launching a new service for undergraduates and master's students. Writing consultants will be holding bookable surgeries so that you can get support for the writing process: brainstorming ideas, thinking through the structure of an essay, considering flow and clarity, and other matters related to the mechanics of writing. Please note that the Consultants will not be proofreaders, nor will they address the academic content of your writing; that is for supervision. 

What Can Writing Consultants Do? 

  • They can help students in their pre-writing planning. This includes brainstorming ideas, considering the best way to approach a paper or prompt, and thinking about the organisation of paper. 

  • They can also read a partial draft of the paper and comment on the paper’s organisation, both at a global or paragraph level, the flow of ideas or argumentation, and the use of textual evidence by the writer. 

  • They can make suggestions for how to revise a paper for greater clarity, coherence and persuasiveness. 

  • They can spot mechanical errors in a student’s prose and can help the student identify and correct these errors. 

  • They can signpost students to further academic support available in WolfWorks. 

What Writing Consultants Cannot Do 

  • They do not interpret course readings or content for students. 

  • Do not edit or proofread students' work. 

  • Meet with students outside of the Writing Consultant’s available tutoring hours.

To book a 45-minute appointment, please book here

Meet the Writing Consultants

Nancy KarremanPhoto of Nancy Karreman

Hi there! My name is Nancy and I'm a second-year PhD student working in public health and politics at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. When I'm not working on my PhD, I am an avid rower, crossword enthusiast, and sci-fi nerd. My favorite part of the writing process is turning an outline into a full draft – it’s so satisfying to see your ideas translated for others to engage with. I look forward to exploring writing with you!

 

 

Charlotte HutchingsPhoto of Charlotte Hutchings

Current Biochemistry PhD student investigating novel gene therapies in collaboration with AstraZeneca. Since failing my first academic essay during my undergraduate degree, to publishing multiple reviews and articles, I’ve learnt a lot about writing over the past few years. In fact, I’ve even come to like it. The next step in my journey is to share some tips and tricks with fellow Wolfson College students and support them in their path to becoming confident writers. 

 

 

Adrián Rodriguez AvilaPhoto of Adrian Rodriguez Avila

Hi! My Name is Adrián. I am a second-year PhD student at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, researching how religious change was perceived and rewritten by Swedish historians from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I am passionate about all things related to literature, and I have some experience- both academic and industrial- in proofreading, linguistics, and translation. I look forward to working with you!

 

 

Marisa TangemanPhoto of Marisa Tangeman

Hello! My name is Marisa and I am a second year PhD student in Sociology, researching  popular culture discourses and bisexual identity. I received my B.A. in Sociology at Mills College in California and my MSc in Media and Communications at LSE. I love to read and write and hope to provide a fun and supportive environment to help you workshop your writing. In my spare time you can find me knitting, attempting to become a runner, and trying every restaurant on Mill Road.

 

 

Lily TeksengPhoto of Lily Tekseng

Hi, I'm Lily! I'm a third year PhD candidate at the Faculty of English, specializing in the field of Post-colonial and related literatures. I supervise undergraduate dissertations at the Faculty of English, and have previously lectured at the undergraduate level at the University of Delhi, India. I look forward to facilitating you in exploring and demystifying the wondrous and terrifying process of writing this academic year!

 

 

Marco LaubPhoto of Marco Laub

Hi, my name is Marco and I’m a third-year PhD student at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where I research how our immune system protects us from infection. Outside the lab,      some of my favourite things to do are reading (big Tolstoy fan), cooking (I really like Mediterranean cuisine) and playing chess (just for fun though). During my time at university, I have learnt a lot about writing effectively and I’m eager to share my experiences with other fellow writers. I look forward to working with you!

 

 

Royal Literary Fund Fellow - (Not available outside term)

Whether you’re struggling and stumbling or confidently sure-footed, RLF Writing Fellows make your needs their starting point, providing guidance specific to you. Get detailed feedback from a professional writer on timing, planning, structure, argumentation, register, flow, punctuation, referencing and more.

Why not make an appointment and bring along two copies of something you are working on? You won't receive grades, but many students who work with us soon see their grades improve. During term time you can book a 50-minute appointment. Support is free of charge, independent of college and faculty and confidential. Available to all students and researchers, in all subject areas. It is aimed as much at scientists, engineers and mathematicians as at historians, law students or philosophers. To book an appointment please email Vitali Vitaliev at vitali.vitaliev@rlfeducation.org.uk.   

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Vitali Vitaliev- Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Please note that you must

  • be a current student at Wolfson College 
  • resident in the UK at the time of the appointment

- these are the requirements of the body that funds this service.

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition.

For further information about booking an appointment with Vitali please see the RLF Writing Fellow's poster

 

Group sessions

Write Here, Write Now at Wolfson

Need some help finding some time to work on your writing in a quiet, distraction-free environment? We offers workshops to provide structured writing time for both undergraduates and graduates. We discuss our aims, write in silence for an hour, have a refreshment break and then do it again! See below how one student has described the experience:

"One might imagine that battling with your own creative or academic wits, while a group of fellow students typed intensely around you, would be an off-putting experience. Not a bit of it. We seemed to encourage each other tacitly to get on and produce. The hours flew by. It was a temple of silent work, leavened by tea and biscuits!"

Lent Term Dates

Write Here, Write Now will take place on Wednesdays in the Gatsby Room from 10:00-12:30 on the dates below. Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own cup for tea or coffee. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Wednesday 25 January
  • Wednesday 1 February
  • Wednesday 8 February
  • Wednesday 15 February
  • Wednesday 22 February
  • Wednesday 1 March
  • Wednesday 8 March
  • Wednesday 15 March

Proofreading

Proofreading Service

The library is pleased to announce that we are offering a proofreading service for postgraduate students planning to submit a Master's dissertation or PhD thesis. Our proofreaders can help with issues related to spelling, grammar, word usage, syntax and formatting.

Students will be matched with appropriate proofreaders based on subject, where possible, and are advised to provide as much time as possible prior to their submission deadline.

Contact Alberto Garcia for more information.

 

What's on

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Art Exhibition: 'Signs for the Living'

04/02/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Signs for the Living' featuring work by Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate prize.

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Lent Term College Service

07/02/2023 at 18.15

Wolfson's termly College Service led by our ecumenical Chaplaincy Team.

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WolfWorks - Research data management for your dissertation or thesis

11/02/2023 at 10.00

A hands-on session to help you manage your data - whether copies of archival documents, interview transcripts, code or physical samples.

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Hannah Lister: Signs for the Living Exhibition Opening Event

14/02/2023 at 17.30

We warmly invite you to the opening night of Wolfson’s new exhibition: Hannah Lister - Signs for the Living.

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