non/fictionLab’s first academic making studio was held on August 4th. Well attended, this has emerged from our regular writing workshops to be a more focussed set of workshops for the second half of this year with the intention for all participants to have an article submitted to a journal by Christmas.
After introductions the first workshop briefly touched on the importance of abstracts, the difference between thesis or exegesis writing and writing for a journal, how the ‘three circle’ venn diagram can be very helpful to identify the key ideas/theories that you need to use, and that then provides the specific terms you need to address. (But not, in anyway, how you might go about addressing them.) Also showed how using headings and subheadings, and applying word counts to each subheading (where you think of the words as your budget) can make what you need to do very visible and manageable.
From there everyone appeared to have plenty to get on with, no questions. So we shut and wrote.