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Academic Writing Workshop

 

St Mary's will host a workshop on academic writing on Friday, 12 September 2014.

The Writing Centre at St Mary's was established by Jonathan Worley and Matthew Martin in 2002 and has been inspired by the work of Donald Murray. Professor Murray was the Director of the Writing Centre at the University of New Hampshire and a pioneer of student-centred tutoring as well as the process approach to writing. He wrote:

"Many writing teachers are deductive. The student comes to receive the evaluation of a draft and suggestions for future writing behaviour from the instructor.… They are told what is right and wrong with the paper and what they should do about it. I fear that such teaching does not allow the student to develop as a reader of the student’s own drafts and that the student may become dependent on the teacher."

 

Donald Murray discusses writing in a discussion held at the University of New Hampshire library

 

Donald Murray discusses writing in a discussion held at the University of New Hampshire library

 

The workshop leaders will be Jonathan Worley, Writing Centre Director; Matthew Martin, Senior Lecturer in English; as well as Laura Bogues, Nathan Hanley, Deborah Magee and Jack Magill, Writing Centre Peer Tutors at St Mary's. During the workshop, participants will explore the relevance of the work of the College’s Writing Centre and Murray’s approach to their own writing programmes.

 

You can download the flyer for further information on the Workshop, contact Jonathan via email or phone 028 9026 8222.