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The writing course

A step-by-step guide to writing your PhD thesis with confidence

Overcome perfectionism, worry and writer's block

Develop focus, confidence and skill

Write a better thesis, faster

An example

  • You've been working a lot on your writing, but nothing seems to be good enough and nothing ever gets finished.
  • You only get feedback very rarely, so you have very little guidance during the writing process itself. You just hope that the next draft will be better, but you don't know how to achieve that and no idea what "better" actually looks like.
  • You're under pressure to produce words, but you hit problems in your writing. To keep the word-count rising, you switch to writing about something else. This works in the short term, but now you have a mess of incomplete sections and don't know how to fix them
  • You feel you've written the same thing over and over, but somehow it doesn't come together.
  • At the same time, there's so much to read. So much new literature; how are you going to include it all? And how can you avoid just using their words?

These issues are all solvable, but doing more of the same won't work. We need to take apart the process and rebuild it from the most basic principles and assumptions.

When you take The Writing Course you will learn;

  • How to develop a confident mindset and writing style
  • How to write a thesis your examiner will want to read
  • How to structure your writing using simple, easy to learn principles
  • How to manage the literature
  • 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.


Your Instructor


James Hayton
James Hayton

James Hayton is a former physicist (PhD, Nottingham, 2007) and author of "PhD: An Uncommon Guide to Research, Writing & PhD Life"


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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