Can you write about your research in a clear, concise and compelling way? Do you know how to tailor and target your work to gain the attention of people beyond your own peers – including politicians, the media, industry, and funding assessors?
Learn how to plan, pitch and write with greater impact through a day of tailored training with Liz Minchin, a Walkley award-winning journalist and Senior Editor at The Conversation. This practical workshop is designed for academics at all levels, from early career researchers to senior leaders.
To ensure individual attention, each session is limited to 20 participants. The training is designed around each group’s experience, knowledge and needs. Before each session, participants are briefly surveyed on the key things they hope to achieve through the training, and asked to submit a short summary or “pitch” about their work that will be developed in the masterclass.
This day-long masterclass can be delivered on-site around Australia by request, or at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
The next session for Victorian academics will be held on 27 September 2016, from 9am-4.30pm, at the University of Melbourne. Academics or researchers from other institutions are welcome to attend. Registrations close on Friday 2 September.
- discovering tips from a former Australian Research Council Executive Director on how not to kill your chances of winning a grant;
- receiving personalised feedback on your writing, target audience and the best ways to reach your audience; and
- learning a time-saving method to assess and improve your writing.
By the end of the day, you’ll leave with the skills to dramatically improve your chances of attracting more positive attention for your work, whether that’s in important grant applications or by having your work published in the media.
When I was at the Australian Research Council we used to say that you could not make a bad proposal good by using high-quality writing – but you could make a good idea fail without it. After your workshop I have a better understanding of the relationships between good journalism and good grant applications. – CDU Pro-Vice Chancellor Research & Research Training, and past Masterclass participant, Professor Lawrence Cram
The Public Engagement Masterclass is a joint initiative of The Conversation and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. A detailed schedule of the day is available here.
About the presenter
The training is run by Liz Minchin, a Walkley award-winning journalist and author, who has two decades of experience in newspapers, radio and online journalism. She is a Senior Editor and Queensland Editor of The Conversation.
Authors: Misha Ketchell, Managing Editor, The Conversation