Are you looking to find your voice, hone your writing tactics, and cultivate communication skills with impact?
Using real-world cases, student vignettes, and reflective questions, author Lynn P. Nygaard leads you through the A to Zen of the writing process, building your confidence as well as developing your skills.
Discover how to:
- Understand yourself, your audience, and your project, so you better understand your role in communicating research
- Choose a question and plan an appropriate design
- Build a foundation of ethics and background research into your writing practice
- Find your own writing (life)style
- Work with your supervisor, so you can get the best from the relationship
- Navigate structure, arguments, and theory, for deeper critical engagement
- Contextualize your research and maximize its impact.
Going beyond the standard "how to survive" advice, this inspiring writing guide empowers you to develop the voice, tone, and critical engagement required for you to thrive at Master’s level.
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About the Author
Since moving to Norway from the US in the late 1980s, Lynn P. Nygaard has provided editorial support, writing instruction, and coaching for researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. A native English speaker, Nygaard started as a freelance copyeditor and translator for Norwegian academics aiming to publish their work in international journals. In 2000, she became the editorial advisor at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO). This position allowed her to view researchers and the writing process from close quarters, and she discovered that language was seldom the main explanation for what was going wrong. After several years of leading workshops on academic writing that focused on developing an awareness of audience, formulating the core argument, and structuring the story, she published Writing for Scholars: A Practical Guide to Making Sense and Being Heard (originally published by Universitetsforlaget in 2008, and published in a second edition by Sage and Universitetsforlaget in 2015). In 2008, she became a special advisor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and continues to develop her expertise in how to support scholars through the writing process. With an undergraduate degree in women’s studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a graduate degree in political science at the University of Oslo, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from the Institute of Education, University College London, focusing on research productivity, academic writing, and gender gaps in academia.
Table of Contents
1. Your Master’s thesis and you: Moving towards academic Zen2. From topic to question to design: Planning your journey3. Ethics: Making good choices4. You are what you read: Building a foundation of knowledge5. Writing as thinking: From rough draft to final document6. Supervision and guidance: Getting help along the way7. Structure and argument: What’s the logic of your story?8. Your introduction: How do you fit into the conversation?9. Your theoretical and conceptual framework: What ideas are you using?10. Your method: What did you do to answer your question?11. Your results and analysis: What are you building your argument on?12. Your discussion and conclusion: So, what does all this mean?13. The finishing touches: Polishing and submitting your work