Developing persuasive, clear, authoritative writing for academic and professional work can be a real challenge for many. This book guides the reader through the writing process for a dissertation, thesis or essay. Practical strategies and tips for each stage of the process are offered throughout, from critical reading through to preparing the final piece of work for submission. The author pays particular attention to an understanding of the English language, and how it is be best used in academic work. Key features of the book are: Real examples from postgraduate work which show the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches Glossaries of terms Case studies of published research which demonstrate good practice in writing Checklists of tasks to complete whilst working on a writing project It will be essential reading for all those writing dissertations, essays and theses at post-registration and postgraduate level in health and nursing.