There will be a 3-hour morning workshop followed by 1-1s in the afternoon, alongside an extended opportunity to write. The course is run by Dr Sheena Wilkinson Royal Literary Fund consultant fellow, who presented at our Winter School in December 2021. Sheena has extensive experience in working with students in the health sciences, including running academic writing workshops. Her approach is creative and interactive, aimed to get you thinking about what motivates you as a writer, and to give you various tools and tips to become a more successful communicator.

The morning workshop will cover:

  • Understanding your style options and how to develop your voice as a writer
  • Refining your structure: thinking about your reader
  • Tips and tools for editing and overcoming writers’ block

The afternoon 1-1s will be 15 minutes each, in which Sheena will give students individual feedback based on previously submitted extracts of work. During this time, the other students can remain in a calm, productive working environment and get on with practical writing activities. This is the opportunity to make progress on your thesis, your plan, your reading or whatever you decide. Please bring any supporting materials you may want to refer to. 

Deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 20 September 2022.


Please read the eligibility criteria before completing the online form.


The NIHR ARC South London PhD writing course is for PhD students who are working in applied health and social care research. The PhD writing course is funded by the NIHR ARC South London.

You are eligible to apply for the PhD writing course if you meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You are enrolled for a research higher degree at one of the universities where ARC academic partners are based
  2. You are in any year of a full or part-time PhD pathway (though priority will be given to students in their final year)
  3. You are carrying out research based in the UK.

You may also wish to indicate if your research is allied to one of the ARC South London research themes. 

Eligible students will be allocated a place on the course on a first come, first served basis until the maximum number (14 students for the workshop and 12 students for the 1-1 session) has been reached.

Completing the application form

Please complete the form online for the NIHR ARC South London writing course.

If you have any queries please email: arcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk

Please note that there are limited places on this fully funded course sponsored by ARC South London. Non-attendance will result in a financial penalty to the sponsors and will deprive other students of the opportunity to attend.