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Courses offered by Julian Evans include:

  • Improving your dissertation writing
  • Putting the creative back into academic writing
  • The arc of narrative: finding the story in your research and writing it
  • Perfect pitch: successful personal statements, abstracts and proposals
  • Great composers: turning ideas into the right words for the right audience
  • Making a career in literary translation
Julian is a biographer, journalist and essayist with several years’ experience of teaching writing skills adapted to different academic and professional needs. A radio and TV broadcaster and an experienced translator with an MA in Modern Languages, he has spoken and taught across many subject areas, from contemporary politics to the twentieth-century novel.

Beginning his career in publishing, he turned to writing when he made a journey across the Pacific Ocean that ended at a US nuclear-missile test range. Since publishing the book that resulted, Transit of Venus, he has written and presented many documentaries, including the twenty-part BBC Radio 3 series on the European novel, The Romantic Road. His latest book is the authorised biography of the writer and adventurer Norman Lewis, Semi-Invisible Man (2008). He is a contributor to the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Prospect, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement and Condé Nast Traveller.

Julian was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Bristol University and then at the University of the West of England from 2009–2012. In 2014 he returned to UWE as a tutor and consultant to the Department of Health and Social Sciences’ new writing development programme.


Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, books, communicating with non-specialists, preparing for conferences
Participants: Undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, immersives, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, biographer, journalist
Location: West and South West England
Availability for travel: International
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