Successful researchers need not only compelling data and ideas but also skills to communicate their research most effectively through writing in English. Yet, many academics are unsure about how they can best express themselves, what criteria a well-written English paper needs to fulfill, and how the writing and publication process can be managed most productively. We will, on the one hand, discuss important strategies for developing powerful English sentences, paragraphs, and texts that meet the expectations of readers, reviewers, and editors alike. On the other hand, we are going to analyze your own work in progress in order to practice how to effectively organize your writing and how to successfully prepare your papers for publication. This first part of the workshop focuses on the writing process, i.e. on techniques for professionally organizing your writing and for producing papers that both apply the conventions of the academic community and reach a maximum degree of effectiveness. In particular, this course will cover the following topics:
- understanding the nature of professional academic writing in English;
- getting started with writing your text;
- defining the focus and purpose of a research paper (or other academic text);
- developing adequate outlines for paper (and other) introductions;
- recognizing the overall structural organization of research papers;
- stressing the function of the individual sections of a paper;
- providing a well-referenced overview of previous research;
- presenting and discussing your findings effectively;
- creating powerful abstracts and titles;
- organizing ideas logically and coherently into parts of a text;
- completing a writing project successfully;
- overcoming potential obstacles or anxieties during various writing phases;
- mastering the submission, review, and publication process.
To participate and get the most out of it, you should be able to communicate quite fluently in English. In the practical phases of the workshop, you will get the opportunity to discuss and receive both peer and expert feedback on one of your own pieces of academic writing. This should be either some sort of Introduction (e.g., to a paper or a dissertation proposal) and/or an Abstract (e.g., for a paper, a conference, or a proposal). However, other types of texts are also possible. Your writing sample does not have to be finished yet; drafts at any stage of the writing process are perfectly fine! You will receive further information on how to submit your text in due time before the beginning of the course.
The workshop consists of two parts: the first part will take place on May 24-25, 2019, the second part on June 14-15, 2019. Please note that it is possible to participate in only one of the two parts, but that you are strongly advised to attend both parts as they are closely related to each other.