“End of Chapter Blues”: The Stress of an Ending & How to Overcome It

I’m currently finishing a thesis chapter and the straggling, stuttering, strangling struggle has begun. I powered through Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo), one of my aims being that I would finish the write-up of my current thesis chapter leaving only the editing, restructuring etc. for the beginning of December. The write-up was glorious! Aside from a few lackadaisical days […]

Storifying Conferences

I recently wrote a post On Organising Conferences in which I suggested using tools like Storify to create a digital record of the event. I was on the organising committee for the annual School of English Postgraduate Conference in University College Cork called Bookends VI: Deviance which took place on the 30th and 31st May […]

On Organising Conferences

When you embark on doctoral research it is inevitable that you will participate in conferences. Not only will you deliver papers at them but also – it is quite likely – organise at least one over the course of your study. I have been co-organiser of 3 conferences since beginning my PhD in October 2010 […]

Writer’s Block: How to Overcome the Fear of the Blank Page

I regularly fall prey to writer’s block. Faced with a blank page, my mind empties, my sense of purpose evaporates and I begin to panic. I become overwhelmed by negative thoughts: I’ll never be able to write again….I’m in over my head with this….and so on! This has overshadowed my postgraduate research and writing since […]