PhD & Masters Research Writers Workshops (October – December 2020)


A series of workshops to be conducted in Kuala Lumpur by Dr. Craig J. Selby (New Zealand).
The workshops designed to guide postgraduate students in research planning, writing, and publishing. For registration please contact us on +60126770816 /

Planning the Research

Research Design Canvas (PhD Only)

Get to grips with your PhD from day one. Bring together key decisions, choices, and project details on a single page. Learn about academic research and your own topic at the same time while proactively designing your own research project.

Reverse Outlines

A reverse outline is a mid-journey planning tool. Created from existing text, we turn our text into an outline to evaluate structure, effectiveness, and structural problems of writing.

Research Framing & Justification (PhD Only)

Frame your research around others research to better justify why your research questions are needed. Connect together a focused summary of existing literature to convince others of the value of your research to them.

Mid Journey Phd – Self-Reflection (PhD Only)

In your second year or just about to start your third year? It’s a great time to reflect upon what you have achieved so far and evaluate the progress you have made. The original building blocks of the research design canvas are supplemented with additional questions to help you systematically assess how you’ve implemented or upheld your original decisions, as well as what has changed!

Purpose Writing

Writing ‘Grey’ Literature Reviews

Searching the grey literature is an important part of conducting a systematic, scoping, or other comprehensive literature review. However, grey literature can often be tricky and overwhelming to search. This workshop will define what grey literature is and is not, identify key grey literature sources, describe how search for this information type, and more. This workshop is recommended to anyone who is currently conducting a systematic or scoping review, or who is planning to conduct a systematic or scoping review. It will also be applicable to any individual who is interested in searching grey literature for other purposes.

Doing a Research Proposal

This workshop will discuss how to structure and write a research proposal to get accepted by your university department, so you can progress to full enrolment. We will look at the relevant sections and how to ensure our ideas and intentions are clearly explained. We will look at best practice tips and things not to do in the proposal.

Types of Literature Reviews & How to Structure Them

This workshop will discuss several types of literature review. We will look at best practice for summarising key literature, scaffolding (framing) the literature, and identifying where potential gaps are.

Writing About Methodology

Regardless whether qualitative or quantitative, you must explain and justify your choice of methodology. This workshop will discuss how we can write methodology sections so that they are clear, logical, detailed, and balanced.

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a type of reference and organization structure whereby reference list entries are followed by short descriptions of the work called annotations. This type of bibliography provides a brief overview of the available research on a topic. For the annotation, you are usually required to briefly summarise a research source and/or assess the value of the source and its validity for your topic of interest. This workshop will discuss how to write and structure an annotated bibliography, and how we can use this later in our literature review and discussion.

Writing Summaries

This workshop will explore how to take information and summarise it into key points in a logical and easy-to-use structure.

Explaining Complex Ideas

Trying to explain something difficult or complicated in an easy way? This workshop will discuss the steps to take to break down the concept and express it in terms others can understand, without limiting its meaning or degree of completeness.

Revising & Editing the Introduction

The introduction is potentially the most important chapter of your thesis. It is the roadmap to your success, and it is the hook that will pique the examiners initial interest (and ongoing engagement with) your dissertation. In this workshop, we will discuss the important components of the Introduction chapter, and look at how to edit it for clarity and impact.

Writing a Journal Article? Article Design Canvas (PhD Only)

A single-page structured space to help you connect together the different parts of your paper to produce a more complete, coherent, and convincing article. Ideas and connections often get lost in a paper. Avoid a disjointed manuscript. Do justice to the arguments and contributions you want to make.

Writing – Structure, Grammar & Vocabulary

Clear Writing – Sentences & Paragraphs

This workshop explores how to make strong, clear sentences and paragraphs, to ensure clarity of concept and reading. We will do lots of writing practice (our own research topic) to reinforce our understanding.

How to Write About Other Peoples Research

This workshop will discuss how to structure writing about other people’s work. Not a simply summary, but how to read, extract essential points, and then summarise and paraphrase their work into informative short write-ups.

Editing Tips

This workshop will discuss how to edit your own work. We will teach some language fundamentals to help ensure your sentences are clear, your word choice is accurate, and your explanation is easy to understand.

Vocabulary Basics – Words and Phrases to Help

In this workshop, we will build vocabulary of alternative words to help your writing remain interesting and informative.

Avoiding Wordiness in Academic Writing

Active writing is our goal in this workshop. We will look at how to reduce unnecessary words from writing, and still keep the meaning.

Publication Styles

Reference Right

This workshop will discuss how to accurately and effectively use the various styles below. Please select the workshop related to the style your University mandates: