Getting the Word Out - writing your research for the public sphere

Date & Time

Thursday, 22 October 2015
09:00 to 16:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


In this climate of knowledge exchange and community engagement, communicating to a mainstream audience outside the Academy is becoming increasingly important for research professionals. These days the onus is on members of the academic community to have a high public profile and to take part in public debate.

And, not only do universities want their academics to develop a highly visible profile and be seen in the public arena, but there also is an educated and interested community out there keen to hear what goes on within Academia.

The skills required to do this are essential tools for any academic, whether they intend working exclusively in Academia or whether they intend to straddle the academic and non-academic worlds in their career.

This workshop will show you how to generate public interest in your work and become what the media refer to as ‘good talent.’ It will explore the highly developed written and oral communication skills needed to get your message across and make your mark on the world and it will take you beyond simply getting the data down on the page and into the realm of telling great stories based on your research.

The workshop will encourage participants to consider:

  • Style: How to write for a broad audience rather than an examiner or academic peer.
  • Content: What aspects of your research will interest the general reader? Who is your potential market and what are they looking for?
  • Form: Book? Newspaper opinion piece? Magazine essay? Exhibition? Documentary? Website? What is the best way to get your message across?

Facilitator: Simon Clews has been the Director of Melbourne University’s Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers for the past ten years. Simon also regularly works with academic writers around the world as they look at ways of communicating to non-academic audiences.  He recently established ideePOP, a brand new publishing start-up focusing on new fiction with a strong sense of place.

Refreshments: Light lunch and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.

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Registration Information

  • Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to: .


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.