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Amanda Mitchison

Amanda’s practical, interactive workshops aim to make students write more clearly and think more deeply.

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Additional expertise:
  • Counselling Psychology students
  • Dyslexic students
  • Low achieving students
  • videos on academic writing

Courses offered by Amanda Mitchison

Amanda tailors master classes and full day workshops for students from foundation level through to taught Master's and PhDs. They include:

  • An introduction to writing skills (foundation and first year students)
  • Critical thinking and developing your writing (second year students)
  • How to manage your dissertation (longer format writing for undergraduates)
  • Advanced writing skills for Master's students
  • The magic of editing: how to transform your prose
  • Writing Skills for students of policing (both DHEP and PCDA)

Amanda is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer who believes that fiction and nonfiction are closely allied and every type of effective writing uses story telling techniques. Originally a foreign reporter and feature writer on broadsheet newspapers, she knows the importance of clear and accurate prose. When she started writing for children and young adults she became adept at making things simple and succinct. Now she writes thrillers, where pace and inventiveness are crucial. This year she was shortlisted for the MacIlvanney Debut crime writer award.

Amanda was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of England (UWE) from 2016-18 and devised instructional booklets on writing techniques for the social work, psychology, philosophy and social science student. She continues today to teach writing across the university. In 2018, Amanda started up a new RLF fellowship post in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University where she has held workshops for third year law students, for taught Masters and for PhD students. She is also an RLF advisory fellow, mentoring new RLF writing fellows.

Discipline areas: Arts, Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, business reports, letters and emails, journal articles, research or grant proposals, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), international students
Activities: Workshops, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, children’s fiction, children’s non-fiction, young adult fiction, journalist, novelist, radio or TV writer
Location: West and South West England
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Amanda Mitchison

Everything was great.

-- Master’s law student

It is clear the students found the workshop very helpful. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the students felt it will improve their writing and outcomes for their dissertation. One of my personal tutees … has reported that she found the session really useful and [it] has made her feel less anxious about the dissertation.

-- Senior Lecturer and Master’s degree coordinator

It was a really useful and interactive workshop. I enjoyed it.

-- Master’s law student
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