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Research Completion Workshops

Professor Brenda Cooper runs RESEARCH COMPLETION WORKSHOPS under the brand BURNISH.

Workshops are directed at researchers, who are writing books, book chapters or papers.

The aim is to work concretely on pre-circulated drafts, which are revised and polished to bring them closer to publication. In other words, these sessions are not general ‘how to write academically…’ but are concrete and focused on writing in progress.

Group workshops are based on collaboration and provide an intellectual pool of feedback on each person’s work. These are not mentoring sessions in which Brenda claims all the expertise. These workshops thrive on participants being at different stages in their writing careers, ranging from established researchers to emerging academic writers.

The process involved is four-fold:

  1. Refining, sharpening and clarifying the unique angle of the research

  2. Identifying the theoretical and methodological tools of the research

  3. Tightening the logic of the structure of the argument

  4. Polishing, burnishing, the prose.

Workshops are based on the understanding that academic writing can be beautiful and the reading of it can be pleasurable.

All sessions are interactive with participants introducing their own work and providing feedback on the work of others.

Brenda also works with individuals on a one- on- one basis, providing feedback on their academic writing and facilitating their completion of research projects. Brenda runs academic writing workshops and individual sessions on a regular basis. If you are interested in joining one of her groups, please contact her at: burnishwriting@gmail.com

Brenda has developed this approach over seven years, working successfully with groups whose academic fields range widely across disciplines.

Brenda’s full CV can be found here.