This week’s episode is all about getting to the finish line of your PhD!

Rowena Murray runs writing retreats for writers – with a particular specialism in working with academics and doctoral students.  Her publications include How to Write a Thesis, Writing for Academic Journals and How to Survive Your Viva.

In this episode we talk about what Rowena calls the ‘endgame’ of the thesis.  This is the moment when you are looking to draw together your work into a coherent document.

Rowena explores the shift in focus from your supervisor(s) to your examiners and how make sure you address the criterion for the doctorate.

She then talks about the potential support to be found in writing with other people and the benefits of focus and accountability it can bring.

Finally Rowena suggests writing a 750 word summary of your thesis that highlights the macro-argument of your work as a tool for reflection and development.

You can find out more about Rowena’s work here:



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