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Marina focuses on showing how creative writing techniques have a direct bearing on academic development and on communicating to wider audiences.

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Additional expertise:
  • networking events
  • panel sessions
  • radio interviewing
  • writing for the media

Courses offered by Marina Benjamin

Marina focuses on academic writing, web presence, media training and knowledge transfer:

  • Perfecting your one-page pitch
  • Understanding narrative craft
  • Developing as an academic writer (for PhDs and research staff)
  • Home alone with your dissertation (for Masters students)
  • Creative techniques for writing your thesis/dissertation
  • Blogging for academics

Marina is an award-winning journalist and writer, with wide-ranging interests across the arts and sciences. After serving as Arts Editor of the New Statesman, Deputy Arts Editor at the Evening Standard, she wrote op-ed columns for the Daily Express and Scotland on Sunday. In 2012, she joined the team that launched the online magazine Aeon, where she now works as a senior editor.

Rocket Dreams (2004), her off-beat elegy to the space age, was short-listed for the Eugene Emme Award in the US, and her family memoir Last Days in Babylon (2007) was long-listed for the Wingate Prize.

After completing an RLF fellowship at the LSE in 2009, Marina was hired as a consultant to report on the potential for knowledge transfer opportunities among LSE staff. She designed a suite of training opportunities for academics, concentrating on skills building and communication. Since then, Marina has delivered a range of training for PhD and MSc students, adapting her workshops, panel sessions and networking events to each client group.

Marina enjoys working with academics, helping them move their own work forward. Her teaching technique is bespoke, intensive and practically oriented. She is especially good at helping academics meet their REF impact requirements.

Discipline areas: Arts, Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering & Related
Topics: Dissertations, theses, business reports, journal articles, books, communicating with non-specialists
Participants: Postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (academic), staff (non-academic)
Activities: Workshops, retreats, immersives, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, journalist
Location: London and South East England
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Marina Benjamin

Critical reflection on what I do for a living is so incredibly rare to come by. … Now I know what to look for and I have a set of tools to use … The generosity and authenticity of Tina and Marina were crucial in finding a part of me I thought was long gone.

-- Associate Professor, International Relations

The ‘taught’ content was carefully blended with the practical exercises, so that the practice led the theory, rather than the other way round. … Marina and Tina were helpful, insightful and concise, without being overly critical or judgmental … every moment has been suffused with creativity. Thank you for waking me up.

-- Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
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