Tag: writing group

Blogging and leadership

Many of you know that Dom Pates and I run the LEaD Writing Group, which meets on Zoom once a month, and is primarily a community of practice to support City bloggers. We dedicated time to writing as well as showcase individuals who blog. Last week, we were delighted to be joined by two members…Continue Reading Blogging and leadership

Special guests join 2021 LEaD Writing Group sessions

There are two further LEaD Writing Group sessions this term, and we are delighted to be joined by guests speakers for both of them. For tomorrow’s session, we will be joined by City President Professor Anthony Finkelstein and Interim Vice-President (Education) Professor Susannah Quinsee for a panel discussion centred around blogging and leadership. For the…Continue Reading Special guests join 2021 LEaD Writing Group sessions

LEaD Writing Group dates for 2021/22

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Still writing The LEaD Writing Group is an informal community of practice that provides support around blogging specifically and writing more generally. The monthly sessions that Jane Secker and I run also provide a small but dedicated spot of writing time for those with busy calendars. Unbelievably, we are now about to start our sixth…Continue Reading LEaD Writing Group dates for 2021/22

Guest speaker joins final LEaD Writing Group of 2020/21

On Wednesday July 7th, Dr Jane Secker and myself will be hosting our final LEaD Writing Group of the academic year. This group has been running since 2016, and provides City colleagues with space + time to write, technical support for blogging, and general explorations of writing practice. As they have all been since spring…Continue Reading Guest speaker joins final LEaD Writing Group of 2020/21

2021 Writing Group dates

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Last term, like many other activities typically run in-person, Jane and I took our monthly LEaD Writing Group online. The final session of the year included a marvellous guest appearance from Johanna Peyton from the Journalism department. Jo gave a fascinating talk on unlocking your creativity, which can be found in full in the video…Continue Reading 2021 Writing Group dates

Virtualising the LEaD Writing Group

As some of you may know, we run the LEaD Blog Writing group, which is an informal network of colleagues who are interested in carving out some time each month to focus on getting some writing done or to get some technical assistance with using the blogging tools that City makes available. The sessions are…Continue Reading Virtualising the LEaD Writing Group

Calling all City bloggers – relaunch event for the LEaD Writing Group

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The LEaD Writing Group was established in 2016 at the Learning at City 2016 Conference, by Dan Sansome and Dom Pates. Dan has now left City and the group hasn’t met for a while. But after much arm twisting (i.e. none) Dom has persuaded me to run this informal writing group with him. The group…Continue Reading Calling all City bloggers – relaunch event for the LEaD Writing Group

Who’s your audience? I am!

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In our blog writing guidance, we suggest you write with an audience in mind. We discussed this topic in February’s Blog Writing Group. It can be a challenge to think who your audience is. Joseph Lalonde recommends having a specific person in mind to write to. This could be: Your past self Your present self Your…Continue Reading Who’s your audience? I am!

Want to make your posts more conversational? Read this…

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A frequent question in the blog writing sessions is – how can I make my writing more conversational? Relax is my first piece of advice. Don’t worry too much about the grammar and let your personality shine through. Henneke Duistermaat suggests some helpful tips to make your writing sound more conversational: Don’t write for everybody – think about…Continue Reading Want to make your posts more conversational? Read this…

How to hook readers in with catchy blog titles

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The focus of this month’s writing group was creating blog titles to grab the attention of readers. We looked at advice from Corey Wainwright’s blog post on the subject, which outlined the following key points: Start with a working title – note down a rough title to give you a focus when you start writing a…Continue Reading How to hook readers in with catchy blog titles