Academic Writing Resources for Staff

DIT Academic Writing Supports

Trevor Boland, the Assistive Technology Officer on the North side of DIT, is available to present technology information to students.  His presentations include information about free apps, websites and browser plugins that can support students throughout all stages of essay writing. Feel free to email him,, or ring him, 01 402 3738, to book him. Talks can take just under an hour and will give your students many strategies to assist their learning and study potential.


Academic Writing Workshops 

The Academic Writing Centre in collaboration with the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre aim to support DIT staff in developing their own academic writing skills and those of their students.

January 2016

Writing for Publication Workshop

The Academic Writing Centre and the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre collaborated and co-hosted Professor Rowena Murray’s workshop on Writing for Publication.   EDIN’s funding and support is kindly acknowledged.

Professor Rowena Murray, University of the West of Scotland facilitated a full-day workshop on the topic of Writing for Publication.

The focus was practical and it engaged participants in a variety of writing activities and explorations.  It also allowed participants to share and discuss their current and planned writing projects.  Particularly relevant to academics was the development of an approach to reflect on the style, content and structure of published articles in academic journals specific to their research interest in their discipline area.

May 2015

Dr Michael Seery, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT facilitated a workshop for colleagues in the College of Sciences and Health on:

Integrating Writing Activities in the Science Curriculum

Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint Presentation

Integrating Writing Activities Science Curriculum


April 2015

Professor Chris Anson, Professor of English, and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University facilitated a workshop on:

Writing and Enquiry: Providing Higher order Feedback on written assignments (feedback on argumentation, concepts, and structuring in contrast with lower order feedback that focuses on language issues)

This workshop was supported by INEW and Facilitate. 

Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint Presentation 


March 2015

Trevor Boland, Assistive Technology Officer, DIT facilitated a workshop for DIT staff on: Free Technology Apps to support Academic Writing and College Assignments.

Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint Presentation

Free Apps Academic Writing

Click on the link below to access a Poster on Free Apps

 Free Apps Poster


December 2014

As a member of INEW (Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing) the DIT Academic Writing Centre and the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre hosted one of the workshops of the INEW Winter Writing Series.  We were delighted to welcome Professor Martha Towsend, Missouri University, to DIT  for a workshop entitled: 

Enquiry through reading and writing – highlighting transition through the development of HE reading and writing strategies 




Webinars on Academic Writing 

Professor Sarah Moore, Chair, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Ireland presents 

Introducing Academic writing – matters of the heart and the head

Webinar Details:

The first in a two part series on academic writing this webinar will  introduce academic writing and cover the following areas:

  • Academic writing – matters of the heart and the head
  • Academic writing: understanding your motivation to write
  • What is academic writing? what are the shared features of academic writing across all disciplines? what are the specific features of academic writing in your discipline
  • The importance of analysing target journals – abstract analysis exercise
  • Key lessons and developing your writing strategy and targets


Dr. A. Hector-Mason, Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), presents:

Writing for Academic and Research Audiences

 This is the second webinar on academic writing and covers the following areas:


  • Introduction

          Key points about the writing process

  • Rhetorical Modes and Genres

          Kind of writing
          Types of research papers (argumentative; analytical)

  • Patterns of Organization

          Types of patterns
          Text structure

  • Targeting Specific Audiences

          Academic audiences versus research audiences
          Utilizing rhetorical appeals to convince audience (ethos, lagos, pathos)
          Managing tone and considering style

  • Writing Manuscripts to Journal Publication

          Audience expectations
          Standards and conventions
          Reflecting on style and tone

Please click on the link below to listen to the Webinars

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