Workshops, Seminars and Events
How to Professionalise Your Writing

Abstract: Have you ever stared at a blank screen on your laptop or computer and wondered what on earth to write? Or have you checked over what you’ve written and been uncertain whether it is any good at all? This workshop will also help you professionalise your writing by overcoming obstacles, such as writer’s block or a lack of confidence, by using lateral thinking and key concepts from creative writing practices. We will also look at how to plan your time effectively, enabling you to professionalise your writing practice.

By the end of the workshop, you should be better able to:
  • Approach a large and complex task with confidence, breaking it down into the core elements and plan your time effectively.
  • Overcome obstacles to writing.
  • Grow in confidence in your own ability to plan and write.
  • Establish a sense of flow in your work.

Speaker: Dr Sanjida O’Connell, Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, UK

Dr Sanjida O’Connell is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. She studied zoology at the University of Bristol before completing a PhD at University College London. She’s written scientific papers, numerous feature articles for national newspapers and magazines, scripts for TV documentaries, contributed to encyclopaedias and had columns in The Times, The Independent and BBC Wildlife magazine.

Sanjida had twelve books published, including four works of non-fiction, four works of literary fiction and four thrillers. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Asia Awards, the Betty Trask Award for Romantic Fiction, the Daily Telegraph Science Writer's Award, Asian Woman of the Year, highly commended for BBC Wildlife Magazine's Award for Nature Writing, long listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and had her first thriller nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of 2016 by the Guardian and the Sunday Express. Sanjida was a wildlife presenter for the BBC and now writes full time, as well as running writing workshops for universities and teaching and mentoring creative writing.

Date & Time: 16 April 2024 (Tuesday)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (HKT)

Format: Online via Zoom

Target audience: CUHK Academic staff

Registration: https://webapp.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/ras/restricted/event?id=86745

Note: This is a practical and interactive workshop with limited seats available. Seats will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please click here for the event poster.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Vienne Lin (viennelin@cuhk.edu.hk) or Ms Vanessa Kiu (vanessakiu@cuhk.edu.hk).

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