From the personal to the academic

One way of thinking about the specificity of academic writing is to compare it with what we can broadly term 'personal' writing, where the writer is obviously at its centre and there seems to be a clear relationship between what is written and the writer. Then you can think of writing for university as a shift from a personal to an academic way of thinking and writing, involving shifts in the writer's sense of 'I' in their writing in specific ways. The following activity is linked to the work you did on the differences between an autobiographical and an academic text in Activity Eleven, but the focus is different: here we are asking you to consider things from the perspective of yourself, the writer, rather than yourself the reader, and, in particular, to think about your identity and position within your own different kinds of writing.

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