Writing tip of the week

by Harriet Castor

In the main body of your essay (i.e. everything that’s not the introduction or the conclusion), it’s a good idea to start each paragraph with a sentence that makes a clear point in your argument. This point must be directly related to the essay question.

Remember, if you are writing about a piece of literature or an event in history, it is not enough to start your paragraph with a sentence that tells the reader what happened next, or that simply describes an event or a character. On its own, this is not a point in your argument. You must say something about that event or character that is relevant to the essay question. Then, in the rest of the paragraph, you can give examples or evidence to back up the point you have made.

For a confidential one-to-one session with me to work on your writing skills, email Harriet.Castor@uwe.ac.uk.

I’m at Frenchay on Wednesdays and St Matthias on Thursdays.


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