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Courses offered by Helena Attlee

Helena’s courses are designed to build confidence and strengthen the writing of staff and postgraduate students through the introduction of new skills and practical techniques. They include:

  • Writing with impact and effect for a wide audience
  • Finding your writing voice as a professional practitioner
  • Finding your voice as an academic writer: immersive training for PhD students
  • Excellent essay writing for undergraduates: structure, argument and expression
  • Developing technique as an academic writer: intensive writing retreats for PhD students
  • Face the fear: dissertation writing for undergraduates

Helena is an award-winning author of non-fiction. Her most recent book, The Land Where Lemons Grow, (Penguin 2014) featured as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and was a Sunday Times Bestseller. She has also worked for many years as a freelance feature writer for a variety of magazines, and as an editor of non-fiction books.

As an RLF Fellow at the University of Worcester from 2007-2011, Helena gained a wide understanding of the challenges commonly faced by academic writers at all levels.

Since then she has developed workshops for undergraduates and postgraduates in several different disciplines. She enjoys working closely with course leaders to develop bespoke workshops or immersive writing training that will meet their students’ specific writing needs.

Helena uses practical skills and literary techniques to reinvigorate academic writing. All her workshops feature entertaining exercises that are designed to refresh writing at all levels, build confidence, and enable students to bring their work to a wider audience. Her workshops are also an opportunity for participants to share concerns about writing, and to build the relationships within their cohort that will provide them with mutual support and encouragement in the future.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, letters and emails, journal articles, books, communicating with non-specialists, preparing for conferences
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, immersives, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, children’s non-fiction, journalist
Location: Midlands
Availability for travel: International
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