Thesis Writing Workshop with Prof. Rowena Murray

Date(s) - 01/06/2021 All Day


This is a practical workshop, involving writing activities and discussions.

It covers different approaches to thesis writing and shows how to combine them:

  • strategies for generating text
  • writing to prompts
  • analysing academic writing
  • outlining
  • thesis structure
  • social writing
  • making time to write
  • constructing a ‘contribution’ argument
  • writing a 750-word thesis summary
  • building a repertoire of strategies for thesis writing.

These strategies are also relevant for journal article writing.

Participants can use laptops to write during this workshop, but it is not essential.

All of these activities can help participants to develop coherent thesis arguments and productive, healthy writing practices.

Key reference:
Murray, R (2017) How to Write a Thesis, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.

About Rowena

Rowena Murray graduated with MA (Hons) from Glasgow University and PhD (with Distinction) from Pennsylvania State University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Professor of Education, Director of Research, in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Her teaching and research focus on academic writing, the subject of her journal articles and books, includingHow to Write a ThesisWriting for Academic Journals and The Handbook of Academic Writing(co-authored with Sarah Moore). Her research has been funded by Nuffield Foundation and British Academy.