Taming the Beast: Advanced Thesis Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Taming the Beast workshops are available to graduate research students in the Faculty of Arts.

The primary aim of the Thesis Writing Workshops is to provide supplementary support to students in helping them to communicate their ideas through improved writing skills. The overall benefits for students include, but are not limited to: group support in a process which often leaves individuals feeling isolated; increased confidence in expressing their ideas; continuity of feedback and support; and improved communication skills.

Like the Mastering Journal Writing program, this involves regular meetings of small groups of students, to provide respectful peer feedback on student writing. The Taming the Beast workshops:

  • are open to students from all disciplines within the Faculty of Arts
  • are multi-disciplinary, and
  • are open to students at any point in their candidature.


Develops advanced skills in expression and structure for thesis writing in the humanities and social sciences. Workshops include guided mentoring and peer review in an interdisciplinary setting. The groups build a student’s capacities for effective communication.

Total Hours Credit

10 hours


Fortnightly from Thursday 19 February for Groups 1 and 2, and Thursday 26 February for Groups 3 and 4 (with breaks and variations). See GRAMS for individual dates.

Start and end times

10 am or 2pm start time.


The groups are facilitated by Dr Kate Cregan, who completed her PhD at Monash in 1999. She is the author of four books; numerous journal articles and book chapters; government reports; and non-academic publications; and been the recipient of several ARC grants. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (Springer) 2008-2011 and is a reviewer for numerous journals, several scholarly publishers and for both the ESRC and the SSHRC. She has taught across literary studies, cultural studies, journalism, ethics and sociology; actively mentored ECR colleagues; and she has extensive experience mentoring both post-graduate students and colleagues in writing national competitive grant applications. She has coordinated the teaching of ethics within the Monash medical degree; was the Australian essayist for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2011-2014; has constructed an introductory module on Ethics and Research Integrity; and has coordinated the production of an online training module for members of Australian Human Research Ethics Committees. In 2015 she became a member of MUHREC.


Face-to-face; online


Clayton; Skype (for off-campus enrolments only)


W324, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk; Skype

Maximum attendance

10 per group, over four groups (40 maximum) for the on campus mode; 5 for the Skype group (for off-campus enrolments only)

Session hours

1-2 hours, 11am OR 2pm on Thursdays, four groups each meeting fortnightly (alternating Thursdays) across the year.

Register by Date

Nominations close on the Thursday of the first week of February for Semester 1 entry and in the second week of July for Semester 2 entry.


No restrictions on entry but to gain the 10 hours credit regular attendance is expected.