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Sharing imaginative and practical skills, Katie demystifies the writing process to help you foster good writing habits, develop effective writing techniques and have confidence in your own writing voice both in and beyond academia.

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Additional expertise:
  • pitching articles
  • writing to a brief

Courses offered by Katie Grant

Sessions include:

  • The art and craft of editing
  • Who am I when I write? Voice in academic writing
  • Reading like a writer
  • Making the most of your writing time
  • Structured writing retreats, writing clinics and writing groups for all stages of Masters and PhD researchers, and academic staff
  • The Bridge: academic writing development for sixth form in England and Wales; 5th and 6th year in Scotland

Katie brings the energy, expertise and experience of the professional writer to her academic writing interventions:

  • as an academic writer – (co-creator of the Advancing Academic Writing skills website at the University of Glasgow, RLF Writing Fellow, RLF Bridge Fellow, conference contributor)
  • as a newspaper columnist (including, at various times, the Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Scottish editions of the Times and Sunday Times) and occasional book reviewer (New York Times)
  • as a historical novelist (10 novels (Puffin, Quercus, Virago) including two trilogies)

Katie’s approach is participant-centred, with all writing interventions tailored to the particular group and their particular needs. She knows the value of hands-on practice, so her sessions see participants mapping techniques directly onto their own work.

Katie has been the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, and she also works with doctoral training partnerships and individual HEIs all over the UK. She is the co-ordinator of the RLF Consultant Fellows’ programme, an RLF Bridge Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She is also Chair of the panel of judges for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.

Discipline areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, online communication, letters and emails, journal articles, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: School/college students, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic), international students
Activities: Workshops, retreats, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, children’s fiction, young adult fiction, journalist, novelist
Location: Scotland
Availability for travel: UK-wide
Testimonials for Katie Grant

Katie Grant was an amazing ‘writing instructor’, very seasoned and experienced with a great way of teaching techniques.

-- Doctoral researcher, arts and humanities

Katie Grant was an amazing ‘writing instructor’, very seasoned and experienced with a great way of teaching techniques.

-- Doctoral student, arts and humanities

This workshop has surpassed my expectations. I can’t thank you enough!

-- First year doctoral student in social sciences

This is the most useful Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities workshop I’ve been to (I’m a 3rd year student)

-- Doctoral student, arts and humanities

… the one-to-one was brilliant. I feel really energised about reworking the rejected paper.

-- Research staff member, School of Art
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