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Academic writing



Are you a fluent academic writer, but need some pointers on LSE expectations? Do you enjoy writing generally but want some guidance on the 'conventions' of academic writing at LSE? Are you are writing your first university essay? Writing is a skill that needs to be developed and academic writing even more so! LSE LIFE has a series of workshops and talks to help support academic writing through all stages of your time at LSE, such as:

  • How to write essays at LSE: an introduction for undergraduate students
  • Write essays that LSE markers want to read
  • Question the question: what exactly am I being asked to write?
  • Construct effective arguments
  • How to use others’ ideas in your work (and avoid plagiarism!)
  • Improve your referencing for your assignments
  • Academic writing style: what, why, how?
  • Write it in your own words: paraphrase and synthesise others’ ideas

If you are a first year undergraduate you may also be interested in attending a series of LSE LIFE ‘Step-up: From school to university’ workshops.

As well as workshops, you can also drop in to LSE LIFE and get writing advice from a study adviser, Monday to Friday, 10:00 -18:00 or drop in to Academic language hour, Monday to Friday 14:00-15:00 for help with academic writing in English.

For more in-depth help, you can book a 30-minute one-to-one appointment by coming to the LSE LIFE reception on the ground floor of the Library, or book a session online.

Alongside LSE LIFE and the advice offered by your academic advisers and teachers, there are several sources of writing guidance and information across the School.

Royal Literary Fund Fellows

Published authors Anthony Quinn and Elanor Dymott are this year's Royal Literary Fund Fellows (RLFs). As professional writers they are available to help students, on a free, one to one basis, with any aspect of academic writing. They do not, however, provide a proof-reading service.

Sessions of up to 50 minutes are offered Monday to Thursday, 10:00-16:00 during term time. Students are strongly advised to send any texts or drafts 48 hours in advance of an appointment (send to You can book a session by emailing (maximum three sessions per term).

Find out more about this year's RLFs on the Royal Literary Fund Fellows page.

Please note: Sessions with the RLFs take place in 20 Kingsway, and not in LSE LIFE.  To attend an appointment with an RLFs, please go to the reception area on the ground floor of 20 Kingsway (corner entrance).


Undergraduates can make use of the LSE100 Writing Lab at any time during their undergraduate studies.

Language Centre

The Language Centre runs several English for Academic Purposes programmes for students throughout the academic year. Information on proof-reading can be found here. Additionally, the EAP team run a Academic English language session Monday to Friday, 14:00-15:00 in LSE LIFE.

School policy on editorial assistance

LSE published a Statement on editorial help for students' written work in July 2012 that outlines important guidance for students, supervisors and examiners.