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Heather has two specialisms: enhancing the creative process in academic writing, and helping students express complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Additional expertise:
  • picture books
  • teaching creative writing
  • technical writing

Courses offered by Heather Dyer include:

  • Creative Thinking for Researchers
  • Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation (one-to-one consultations and group workshops)
  • Writing Creative Non-fiction: telling true stories descriptively
  • How to Teach Creative Writing in Schools

Heather has a doctorate in the psychology of creativity, is an award-winning author and has extensive experience in teaching both academic writing and creative writing.

As an RLF Consultant Fellow, Heather delivers academic writing workshops for doctoral students and co-teaches on residential writing retreats for academics. She also offers one-to-one sessions to doctoral researchers, helping them clarify their original contribution, find their writing ‘voice’, and structure their material. She is particularly interested in applying creative thinking techniques to academic research projects.

Heather has also designed, taught and assessed nine different writing courses for the University of Bristol, Aberystwyth University and the Open College of the Arts. One of these courses was shortlisted for the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) award; external examiners described student feedback as ‘superlative’. Workshops are lively. They involve pair and group work, games, individual feedback and class discussions. Participants will gain confidence and learn a range of new techniques which they can apply to future projects.

Discipline areas: Arts, Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: Postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, immersives, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations, online community commentaries
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, children’s fiction, copywriter, journalist, novelist
Location: Wales
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Heather Dyer

This is probably the most in-depth training and input I’ve ever received on (academic) writing! What a privilege, great opportunity. Brilliantly held and led by Heather.

-- Arts and humanities doctoral student

This was a highly beneficial couple of days. Opened my eyes to a new way of writing and rehearsing my ideas without being bogged down with accuracy.

-- Arts and humanities doctoral student

I have thoroughly enjoyed both days of this workshop! It has given me a multitude of ways to connect with my own writing, and approach the different stages in lots of new and exciting creative ways.

-- Arts and humanities doctoral student

Thank you, Heather, for an enlightening two days. I will use what I have learned for years to come.

-- Arts and humanities doctoral student

Thank you so much, Heather. This has been really fantastic and incredibly helpful and unblocking!

-- Arts doctoral student
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