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Welcome to the repository, where you can watch or listen to past Writing Hub events. 

Research into Writing Seminar: Profiles of oral language and reading in struggling writers’ response to a sentence combining intervention (27 April 2022)

In this seminar, Psychology Demonstrator Kirsty Walter presented her research into writing. Kirsty's research examines ways children's reading and oral language abilities influence their response to writing interventions and how an understanding of this can help researchers, teachers and practitioners provide targeted interventions for struggling writers. This event was not recorded, however, here you can watch Kirsty discussing her research with Professor Matt Burns.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar - foundational or decorative? (19 January 2022)

In this discussion, panel members, Dr Roger Dalrymple (Programme Lead: School of Education), Dr Andrea Macrae (Principal Lecturer in Student Experience and Stylistics), Dr Adrian J. Wallbank (Lecturer in Educational Development) and Martha O’Curry (Deputy Head of Centre for Academic Development) explored what we value as good writing in light of the recent Office for Students report focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar in written assessment.

Getting over writer's block (13 January 2021)

What stops you from starting writing?

This workshop led by Dr. Mary Davis started by identifying the many blocks to writing that keep you staring at a blank screen, and then offered multiple strategies for unblocking and engaging positively with writing.

Attendees had opportunities to discuss their own blocks to writing and ways of overcoming them; they were also provided with new strategies and useful sources for further reading.

Building writing muscle (21 October 2020)

Dominik Lukeš, a Digital Learning Technologist at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, considered how deliberate practice can develop the complex skill of writing.

This seminar introduced the key concepts behind deliberate practice and applied these to our own writing processes and our support for others’ writing. He also explored several metaphors of writing which relate to how we practise

What does stylish look like? (25 March 2020)

This audio only podcast was recorded after a seminar discussion of Helen Sword's paper Writing higher education differently: a manifesto on style. The panel explores the question of what stylish looks like in different disciplines and how we might build confidence, take risks and find our writing voice.

The podcast is presented by Kevin Watson with Marion Waite, Mary Deane, Cornelia Bogatu and Michelle Reid and is available on this page or via the free Soundcloud app.

Dyslexia, spelling and marker bias (15 January 2020)

How do markers view poor spelling and how should they view it? In this seminar, psychology professor Vincent Connelly explored how poor, hesitant spelling can affect the ability to produce text. He also gave us a better understanding of the issues with spell-checkers and presented evidence that showed significant bias against poor spelling among those marking student writing.

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