Here are three examples, among many, of Consultant Fellows’ work with clients. Many workshops involve shifting between individual, pair, small group and large group work, drawing on the experience of participants under the leadership of one or more highly experienced, well-published authors.
- Many Consultant Fellows run essay-writing workshops of half a day or less for undergraduates. Workshops have clear writing outcomes and can focus on any and all of the following elements – interpreting the assignment, planning, structure, writing style, argumentation and editing practices – tailored to specific disciplinary requirements. The Consultant Fellows’ commercial writing experience helps students lift their prose from the acceptable to the exceptional.
- An immersive writing workshop is offered by some appropriately trained Consultant Fellows. Participants work intensively on their writing, in small groups with professional writers. An immersive lasts for a number of days, either consecutive or in two phases, and combines working with others with one to one sessions. The focus and structure of workshops involves participants being apart from their usual concerns and distractions, staying focused, and deepening and building on their writing from hour to hour, day to day. Crucially, the mentors engage in an ongoing dialogue with participants about their writing throughout the workshop. Unlike retreats, immersives normally take place on university premises, so minimising costs.
- Other specialist workshops are specifically designed to increase the publication quality and quantity of early- to mid- career researchers. For example, one- or two-day workshops in STEMM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical) consider all phases of paper writing – from matching the target journal with the researcher’s aspirations, to crafting papers that maximise impact, to satisfying editors’ and reviewers’ requirements.