The Writing Hub

"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good." William Faulkner

Supporting our community of writers at Brookes

The Writing Hub is a gathering point for people interested in developing writing skills at Brookes. It encompasses staff and students, our academic writers across the disciplines, our present or future professional writers and those at every stage of developing their writing. The Writing Hub provides a network for sharing writing development activities and hosts regular events and writing retreats. It is a supportive space in which to share experiences, adopt new techniques and get beyond the imperfections of first drafts to reach your full potential.

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News and events

November is Academic Writing Month! 


Join a community of academic writers in setting a writing goal and making time to focus on your academic writing this month. Anyone writing in an academic context, from undergraduate to career academic, who wants to improve their writing can participate.  

The University of Oxford Centre for Teaching and Learning has some useful resources, including suggested writing improvement goals, daily-check ins and two free online workshops open to the public. 

Crossing borders in academic writing

Tuesday 17 January 2023, 1 - 2pm 

Join the Writing HUB for this in-person session which shares ways of supporting the transition into academic writing as a second culture for all. Professor Jane Spiro will be looking at four tools for recognising the hidden cultures of academic texts, showing how these features can guide writers as well as readers. The talk will be illustrated with examples of how students actually developed through these tools, and the dilemmas and choices involved in traversing writing cultures and disciplines.  There will be time after the session for informal discussion and chat. 

Staff and students are all welcome.    

Jane Spiro is Professor of Education specialising in second language education. Her books include studies of linguistic innovations in schools, studies of creative and academic writing practice, and most recently, Crossing Borders in University Learning and Teaching: navigating hidden cultures  (Routledge 2022).           

If you need more information about this event, please contact us at

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Dissertation Write Up Moodle Course from IT Services

Wednesday 30 November, 10am- 12pm

This course provides guidance on the technical aspects of writing a dissertation helping writers make the best use of MS Word, Endnote, Citavi and Scrivener. Oxford Brookes students and staff can install both MS Word and NVivo at no charge. Instructions about how to install Office 365 (including MS Word) can be found here. To access more information about the course and to book, you will need to log into Moodle.

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If you are interested in writing, wish to develop your own writing or are involved in developing others’ writing, we want to hear from you. Please contact to get involved or join our mailing list.