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Esther runs dynamic and engaging workshops that help students and staff to define their impact, improve their technical writing skills and enhance their self-confidence.

Image credit: Esther Selsdon
Additional expertise:
  • criminal law
  • French
  • German
  • journalist
  • travel writer

Courses offered by Esther Selsdon include:

  • How to write an effective impact statement
  • Building confidence in academic writing
  • Critical thinking in academic writing
  • How to describe what I do (for creative artists)

Esther is an award-winning novelist, journalist and travel writer. Having worked as a criminal defence barrister, translator and circus performer, she has gone on to write for most of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers as well as American and German Vogue. She has won the BBC Write Out Loud award as well as the Latin American travel writers’ award and Waterstones’ Book of the Month. She has ghost written for celebrities and obscurities and is the author of over 20 books including the best-selling HarperCollins Guide to Letter Writing.

Esther was the RLF Fellow at the University of Westminster, 2010–2012. She has, subsequently, run workshops for both students and staff at University College London, University of the Arts London, King’s College London, Bath Spa University, Buckinghamshire New University and the Institute of Education. Her workshops often focus on the intersection between academic study and professional practice. In this context, she has worked as a consultant, writing impact reports that demonstrate an institution’s international reach and effectiveness. Esther’s workshops are flexible and responsive and always aim to answer each participant’s individual needs.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, letters and emails, books
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), international students
Activities: Workshops, immersives, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Biographer, journalist, novelist
Location: London and South East England
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Esther Selsdon

Thank you very much for a beautifully prepared course information package.

-- Graduate skills course officer

Thanks for a wonderful workshop – really fascinating and lots of top tips and genuinely helpful. The students really enjoyed it and found it hugely helpful for their next assignments.

-- Module Leader, MA Museums and Galleries in Education

The course has a number of students with a first language other than English. Your input has helped them enormously, especially at this important time of assessment.

-- MA course leader

What a brilliant session on Friday. The last hour of the session was extremely useful and is beginning to make a significant difference to my data analysis. My friends could not believe the difference. Thank you.

-- Psychology postgraduate

When I ran a workshop with these students they were full of praise and admiration for the work you and Cath Senker carried out . . . it would be truly rewarding to our students if you could return again next year to assist the next cohort of MA students.

-- International Support Co-ordinator (Postgraduate)
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