Working with Words 1/2

Working with Words 1/2

This is a past event

Have you ever thought about writing for a living?

If you're studying for an MA degree you will certainly be writing a lot of essays. But have you ever thought about applying those skills in a job? How might you go about writing for a living? We’ve invited six alumni of the university who work with words in various contexts to share their stories and answer your questions.

Whether they’re writing to inform, to influence, or to inspire, to engage, explain or entertain, these alumni spend their days crafting, conjuring and cross-referencing sentences, utilising different mediums for a range of audiences.

The format for the event will be an in-person panel discussion with an opportunity to network informally towards the end. Refreshments will be provided.

Speaking this event:

  • Shane Strachan – Writer and Performer; Lecturer in Creative Writing
    • I ‘work with words’ as a creative writer and performer, but I have also worked in learning and engagement in school, hospital and community environments (for Aberdeen City Council, national arts charity Art UK, and freelance). I write across most forms (prose, poetry, theatre and spoken word) and across English and Scots (specifically Doric).
  • Eloise Leeson-Smith - Strategic Linguistic Consultant
    • As a consultant, I work with clients on refining and improving (often simplifying!) their communications output across the board. I work on strategic suggestions, brand repositioning, analysis and auditing of current efforts, and help businesses to build more meaningful relationships, using language, with their employees and clients alike.

The event will be held in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Floor 7 in the Craig Suite.

Hosted by
University of Aberdeen Careers and Employability Service
The Sir Duncan Rice Library