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Anne Wilson

Anne’s workshops encourage academics to communicate rather than just write – to extend their knowledge and passion beyond the boundaries of their discipline.

Additional expertise:
  • dyslexia
  • impact
  • multi-sensory approaches to storytelling
  • narrative
  • public engagement
  • researcher development

Courses offered by Anne Wilson include:

  • Communicating your research (writing for non-specialist audiences)
  • What academic writing is and how to get better at it (for postgraduates)
  • Writing for visual thinkers
  • Writing retreats tailored for Years 1, 2 and 3 of the PhD
  • Telling your story (improving success in grant applications)
  • Making the most of supervision (for postgraduates)

Academics are often so close to their own research and so entrenched in the discipline’s writing conventions that they miss opportunities to be creative. Anne’s workshops ‘unpack’ and de-mystify academic writing, helping participants to look dispassionately at their own writing practice. Her interactive workshops are bespoke, tailored to the needs of a specific group. Her approach is to use the rich experience in the room to create a vibrant, active learning experience.

Anne combines a strong background in journalism / corporate communications, with teaching and facilitating in academia. She helps people create compelling narratives from complex data, in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. She supports academic and research staff in writing journal articles, grant applications and conference presentations and in giving feedback to students on their writing.

A former freelance journalist (Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The New York Times) Anne has written an academic book on the identity of British mixed-race children and two crime novels, as well as blogposts and flash fiction for various websites. In the corporate arena, she has won numerous awards for drama and documentary scripts.

Discipline areas: Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, business reports, scientific research reports, online communication, letters and emails, journal articles, research or grant proposals, communicating with non-specialists, preparing for conferences
Participants: Postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, copywriter, journalist, radio or TV writer
Location: London and South East England
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Anne Wilson

After my one-to-one session with Anne, I feel like I have the tools and tips to become more confident in my writing – I am now optimistic I can develop a healthy relationship to writing.

-- Yr3 Social Science PhD student

I feel much more confident in my output, and more enthusiastic about sitting down and getting started.

-- Yr1 Humanities PhD student

The report writing workshop was both fun and insightful and gave us clear actions to take in future.

-- Economics Analyst

Working with Anne on my grant proposal has been a really positive and constructive experience and taught me a great deal about how to explain complex concepts in a simple but still rigorous manner. The final submission was so beautiful to read that one of the referees made a point of commenting on it.

-- Group Leader/Senior Lecturer in Bioscience

Anne has the unique ability to bring out the ‘story’ behind the science, turning empirical descriptions into beautiful prose that is both exciting and scientifically sound.

-- Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Health
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