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ONLINE: Plotting a Paper from your Thesis


About this workshop

This online workshop is aimed at senior Masters and PhD students who are seeking insight into how to turn their theses into publishable genres. This is a standalone workshop providing background, tools, and strategies to adapt a thesis to an academic paper for scholarly publication.  The workshop provides opportunities to interact with published texts, key journal publishing sites, and processes that may be used to generate a journal article from a thesis. The workshop also includes understanding the peer and editorial review processes and also addresses audience, structure, and language.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "This is an important workshop - I wish I had such knowledge as early as Honours/MA."
  • "This was very informative at least I have a clue on how and where to start writing the article."
  • "I like attending these writing workshops as I have been finding them really helpful to my academic growth on writing."


About the presenter

Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts, Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED

Hayley Hayes-Roberts is a UCT Postdoctoral Fellow, Design Historian, NIHSS peer mentor and a senior writing centre consultant. Hayley completed her PhD in Design History which focused on Frameworks of Representation at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, and as part of her postdoctoral fellowship has presented and published papers in research fields which include: Museum and Heritage studies and Southern African Design Histories, and has facilitated numerous academic research and writing workshops.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





*While the Faculty of Law has its own writing centre/support offerings, its students are welcome to register for this workshop.



Preparation for the workshop

Participants need to have a completed thesis, and should bring to the session: ideas on a focus from their thesis, writing material and a few credibly published journal articles from within their field.

Level of participation at the workshop

Expect an online experience with discussion and independent activities towards engaging with processes as well as time to work on developing a draft structure and outline of a journal article.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Monday, March 11, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts,Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 89 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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