Courses offered by James McConnachie include:
- Researcher to writer: transforming theses and monographs into trade-published non-fiction
- Editing for impact and clarity
- Core writing skills – academic versus non-academic writing
- Writing and presenting for broadcast media
- Blogging and reviewing for academics
- Publishing and agents for academics
James is an engaged, energetic and warm communicator. His bespoke workshops for postgraduates and early-career researchers are sophisticated but practical. As an author and journalist, he has a wealth of relevant experience. He has been a lead reviewer of serious non-fiction for The Sunday Times for the last seven years, and was a judge on the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize – the UK’s leading non-fiction prize. He is editor of The Author, the quarterly magazine of the Society of Authors, and Collected, the online magazine of the Royal Literary Fund. He is active in the field of author’s rights and copyright as a non-executive director of the Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society.
As Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Southampton, he lectured on clearer, tighter and more persuasive writing, and developed a social media campaign to hone students’ writing skills. He has since worked successfully with postgraduates on knowledge transfer and writing for non-academic audiences.
His own work includes a scholarly study of the Kamasutra, The Book of Love, and numerous books for Rough Guides. He has presented TV and radio programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including a five-part BBC series on Italian culture.