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The writing course

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to becoming a better writer and writing your PhD thesis.


  • Daily tutorial videos (Monday-Friday) of 10-15 minutes over 6 weeks*
  • Simple exercises to help build your confidence and skills
  • Online discussion and support group
  • Live Q&A sessions with James Hayton
  • Lifetime access including all future course updates

Lifetime access: £495 (you can pay in instalments if it's easier)

*Although the course lasts 6 weeks, effectively it lasts as long as you need it to. If you join with others in February, for example, you can join in Q&A sessions with later cohorts and revisit the content and ask questions as and when you need to

How many of these apply to you?

  • There’s so much to do that you don’t know where to start
  • You’re worried about missing something the examiner might want to see
  • You’re frozen by perfectionism or indecision
  • You don’t know how to structure your ideas
  • You’re finding new information faster than you can write about it
  • You’ve written a lot but can’t seem to finish anything

These difficulties (and the stress that goes along with them) are so common that many people assume they are just an inevitable part of writing a thesis.

But each and every one is solvable…

Transform writing from a burden into a powerful tool

One of the reasons why so many people find writing hard is that there is very little training and guidance. You’re expected to either be able to do it well already or figure it out on your own.

The good news is that there are simple principles and practices you can learn and apply to help you write well with a minimum of stress.

Writing shouldn’t be a burden. With the right skills, it can become a powerful tool to help you communicate your research.

When you take the writing course you will learn;

  • The confidence and skills to write better, faster
  • How to write a thesis your examiner will want to read
  • How to structure your writing using simple, easy to learn principles
  • What to include in your thesis and what to leave out
  • What needs to go into each chapter
  • How to cope with perfectionism and writer’s block
  • How to stay focused and motivated
  • How to get it done

Ultimately, the aim is to make sure that the hard work you put in produces a thesis you can be proud of.

Course outline

  • Part 1: The fundamentals of academic writing (weeks 1-3)
    • Taking stock: what challenges are you facing?
    • Overcoming limiting beliefs and building confidence
    • What are we trying to achieve?
    • Solving problems of expression
    • Basic principles of structure
    • Getting to know the academic literature
    • Planning: what needs to happen in what order
    • And more!


  • Part 2: How to write your thesis (weeks 4-6)
    • How to Write an Introduction
    • How to Write Your Literature Review
    • Methods and Methodology
    • Presenting your Results, Analysis and Discussion
    • Conclusions
    • Preparing to Submit and Defend

When it starts

We're starting on the 6th February 2019. The videos will be uploaded for you to watch at a time that suits you. You can go at your own pace, especially in part 2 when you'll be applying the principles to your own thesis.

What you get

  • Lifetime access to the tutorial videos
  • Worksheets to help you through each chapter of your thesis
  • Ongoing support in our private Slack group
  • Regular live Q&A sessions
  • Access to all future course updates and additional materials

An introduction to the course: How to deal with writer's block

This is a recording of a live webinar recorded on the 23rd January, introducing some of the ideas on the course and my approach to writing.

How to sign up for the full course

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