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Critical Writing

The home of our Skills Centre online study guide and electronic resources to build your critical writing skills and use of argument.

Workshop summaries

Read and download the summary handouts from our academic skills workshops. To book a session on developing your critical writing, click here.


External resources

  • Phrases for critical writing, Manchester Academic Phrasebank - Phrases and sentence started to integrate into your writing to boost your critical voice.
  • Description vs. Analysis, LearnHigher - A handy list of definitions outlining key features of descriptive writing and how to translate these into critical statements.
  • Enhance your work by using argument, Royal Literary Fund - Quick tips on how to construct an argument systematically in your writing.
  • Different argument structures, RPI - Presentation slides covering argument construction, including useful diagrams on testing premises.

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