This AHRC-funded Contemporary Women’s Writing Skills Development Programme (CWWSkills) was a series of six workshops, held between August 2013 and July 2014, designed and led by members of the CWWA Executive. The programme was designed to enable UK-based postgraduate research students and early-career researchers who work in the field of contemporary women’s writing to develop an entrepreneurial approach to their research.
Emphasis, throughout the programme, fell on the real-world application of research in the field of contemporary women’s writing. In a rapidly changing literary and media environment, training was provided in the utilisation of digital technology to maximise the communication of that research to the widest possible audience groups.
You can find the archive website here: http://cwwskills.org.uk/
Alumnus Testimony – Krystina Osborne, LJMU
I was an MRes student when accepted onto the CWW Skills programme and I am grateful to have been involved in a training programme of this calibre at such an early stage of my academic career. The workshops were incredibly beneficial to me, both professionally (for example, the session focusing on writing an academic CV had an immediate effect on the way I structure my own CV) and personally, as I am still in touch with many of the other participants and organisers. Having subsequently attended numerous generic workshops over the past few years, I can appreciate the rarity of being afforded the opportunity to participate in such a broad range of rigorous skills sessions – on media training, public engagement and research-led teaching, amongst many others – directly tailored to my area of research in contemporary women’s writing. I regularly dig out my notes from particular workshops, while others will continue to aid me with future milestones (such as preparing for my Viva and planning a book proposal). I attended all of the sessions and gained a vast amount of knowledge from the workshop leaders and speakers, such as Professor Susan Bassnett, whose talk I found particularly affecting. Attending the programme also led me to other opportunities, such as becoming a steering group member of the PG CWWN (Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network). Overall, the CWW Skills programme remains the most valuable and enjoyable experience of my academic career thus far.