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Doug Johnstone

Doug uses practical, fun workshops to help undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals improve the content and style of their academic writing.

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Additional expertise:
  • script writing
  • song writing

Courses offered by Doug Johnstone include:

  • Writing with clarity
  • The power of narrative in academic writing
  • Editing for impact
  • Using creativity in academic writing
  • Writing creative non-fiction
  • Writing styles and free writing

Doug Johnstone is an author and journalist with a degree in physics, a PhD in experimental nuclear physics and a diploma in magazine journalism. He was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016, where he specialised in helping health science students improve their academic writing.

Doug is an RLF Bridge Fellow, delivering academic writing workshops to school pupils across Scotland. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and for Emergents in the Scottish Highlands.

He has taught Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Strathclyde, where he was also Writer in Residence 2010-2012. He is a regular tutor at the Moniack Mhor writing retreat, and works as a freelance editor for Freight Books on their crime fiction. In 2016 he was also Writer in Residence at William Purves Funeral Directors, working with employees to write their stories.

He writes contemporary thrillers, with several of his novels becoming bestsellers and winning awards. His work has been praised by the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 has worked as a freelance arts journalist.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, scientific research reports, journal articles, books
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic)
Activities: Workshops, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, journalist, novelist, radio or TV writer
Location: Scotland
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Doug Johnstone

The facilitator had an easy style. He engaged well with the participants and was able to translate his knowledge well.

-- Doctoral student in Health Science

This workshop was very interesting and useful to me. It was an excellent experience.

-- Doctoral student in Health Science

It has been a pleasure to work with Doug. His approach is highly professional. He demonstrates the democratic learning principles of collaboration, inclusion and participation, and these are overt in the way he works. I would highly recommend him and would have no hesitation in working with him again.

-- Head of Division of Nursing

Very interesting and interactive, a lively session!

-- Doctoral student in Health Science

Really great session, thank you. I wish I knew you existed before now!

-- Doctoral student in Health Science
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