This workshop forms the second part of the course "Academic Writing." It continues and concludes the work of the first part, but can definitely also be taken independently if you did not attend the first part two weeks earlier. This second part of the workshop focuses on issues of language and style that become relevant while drafting and revising any piece of academic writing. It will look at how paragraphs and sentences should be constructed – both to give your texts an academic and professional form and to make them appealing and effective for your readers. In particular, this course will cover the following topics:
- drafting well-focused paragraphs;
- developing paragraphs effectively;
- recognizing the adequate functions of a paragraph;
- applying the stylistic conventions of academic writing;
- using the first person ("we" and "I") properly;
- writing clear and concise sentences in English;
- employing nouns to express meaning precisely;
- using articles and prepositions correctly;
- making effective syntactical and rhetorical choices;
- avoiding typical (non-native-speaker) grammatical mistakes and pitfalls;
- adding commas and other punctuation marks adequately;
- connecting sentences and linking ideas to make a text flow well;
- understanding the proper usage of academic words and phrases.
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.