Courses offered by Lydia Syson include:
- Developing your voice (Master’s and PhD students)
- From PhD to publication - pitching to the trade (Post-docs and staff)
- Craft and creativity in academic writing (PhD and beyond)
- Strategies for structure (all levels)
- Revise and revitalise (all levels)
- Grammar and syntax - pitfalls and solutions (all levels)
Lydia Syson has worked with words to communicate complex ideas clearly to a wide range of audiences throughout her working life.
An early career as a BBC World Service radio producer was followed by a doctoral thesis on Timbuktu (Birkbeck, 2003) and then a scholarly biography of a notorious eighteenth-century fertility guru, Doctor of Love (2008). Four critically acclaimed historical novels, three for young adults, have further honed Lydia’s skills in research, story-telling and presentation.
Meanwhile, Lydia has also worked as a media trainer for various public sector organisations, a business-to-business copywriter, a mentor for emerging adult writers, a freelance journalist and reviewer, and a visiting lecturer at City University. In 2018 she supported student bloggers on a scientific expedition to the Kermadec Islands. She regularly delivers creative writing workshops for schools, including at The Wallace Collection, and will soon be facilitating one of the RLF’s social sector projects.
Tutoring undergraduates, postgraduates and staff as an RLF Writing Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art (2015-2018) has given her considerable insight into how strategies used by professional writers can benefit students and academics.
Lydia’s lively, active workshops incorporate solo, pair and group work, and offer participants rich opportunities for creative reflection.