Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation

NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC DISCOURSE: STYLE, CLARITY AND WRITING AS A FORM OF CONVERSATION

This workshop focuses on the conventions of academic writing that are necessary to produce coherent, concise and clear texts. The aim is not to present strict rules that writers should abide, but to develop one’s own voice and ensure that one’s text is both sophisticated and reader-friendly. We look at various strategies to implement both at the paragraph and sentence level, and discuss issues of coherence and cohesion in the text as a whole. We address questions and misconceptions regarding the use of personal pronouns, present and past tense, as well as active or passive voice. In addition, we explore the idea of writing as an opportunity to join and take part in a scholarly conversation.

While the workshop ‘The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Proofreading’ walks you through the various stages of the writing process, the workshop ‘Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation’ mostly addresses issues internal to the text. The main objective is to transform a rough first draft that makes sense to you as a writer into a polished final version crafted for the reader. Plenty of exercises, templates and handouts will aid you in finding a sense of ‘flow.’

This is the right workshop for you if one or some of the following questions have crossed your mind:

  • What is characteristic of academic writing in English?
  • How can I tell if my written text is reader-friendly and well-organised?
  • I have been told that my text does not ‘flow.’ What can I do to improve my writing?
  • How can I develop stronger and more coherent paragraphs? How do I transition from one paragraph to another?
  • How can I make sure that my sentences read well? How can I make them stronger, clearer, shorter, or more effective?
  • Can I use ‘I’ in an academic text? When should I use the third person?
  • How do I quote my sources and incorporate those quotes into my text?
  • How do I position myself in the academic discourse of my discipline?
  • How can I write an effective introduction or conclusion?
  • How can I achieve overall clarity and readability?
TOPICS COVERED
  • Cohesion
  • Transitions, pointing words, repetitions
  • Coherence
  • Signposting and metalanguage
  • Paragraph organisation
  • Sentence organisation
  • The stylistic features and conventions of academic writing
  • The use of personal pronouns
  • Hedging
  • Writing as a Form of Conversation
  • Statements about previous research
  • Incorporating references
  • Positioning yourself within an academic discourse
  • Framing your text: Introductions and conclusions
NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC DISCOURSE:
STYLE, CLARITY AND WRITING AS A FORM OF CONVERSATION

This workshop focuses on the conventions of academic writing that are necessary to produce coherent, concise and clear texts. The aim is not to present strict rules that writers should abide, but to develop one’s own voice and ensure that one’s text is both sophisticated and reader-friendly. We look at various strategies to implement both at the paragraph and sentence level, and discuss issues of coherence and cohesion in the text as a whole. We address questions and misconceptions regarding the use of personal pronouns, present and past tense, as well as active or passive voice. In addition, we explore the idea of writing as an opportunity to join and take part in a scholarly conversation.

While the workshop ‘The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Proofreading’ walks you through the various stages of the writing process, the workshop ‘Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation’ mostly addresses issues internal to the text. The main objective is to transform a rough first draft that makes sense to you as a writer into a polished final version crafted for the reader. Plenty of exercises, templates and handouts will aid you in finding a sense of ‘flow.’

This is the right workshop for you if one or some of the following questions have crossed your mind:

  • What is characteristic of academic writing in English?
  • How can I tell if my written text is reader-friendly and well-organised?
  • I have been told that my text does not ‘flow.’ What can I do to improve my writing?
  • How can I develop stronger and more coherent paragraphs? How do I transition from one paragraph to another?
  • How can I make sure that my sentences read well? How can I make them stronger, clearer, shorter, or more effective?
  • Can I use ‘I’ in an academic text? When should I use the third person?
  • How do I quote my sources and incorporate those quotes into my text?
  • How do I position myself in the academic discourse of my discipline?
  • How can I write an effective introduction or conclusion?
  • How can I achieve overall clarity and readability?
TOPICS COVERED
  • Cohesion
  • Transitions, pointing words, repetitions
  • Coherence
  • Signposting and metalanguage
  • Paragraph organisation
  • Sentence organisation
  • The stylistic features and conventions of academic writing
  • The use of personal pronouns
  • Hedging
  • Writing as a Form of Conversation
  • Statements about previous research
  • Incorporating references
  • Positioning yourself within an academic discourse
  • Framing your text: Introductions and conclusions

Negotiating Academic Discourse - Intensive

  • When: Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat 9:00-18:00
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily MA and PhD students, but also BA students with a higher level of proficiency
  • Number of participants: Max. 6
  • Prerequisite: Advanced level of English (C1 and above)
  • Instructor: Dr. Judit Minczinger
  • Price: Early bird (until one month before the course starts): 170 EUR. Afterwards: 190 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

Negotiating Academic Discourse - Weekly Course

  • When: 6 weeks, 2 hours/week
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily MA and PhD students, but also BA students with a higher level of proficiency
  • Number of participants: Max. 6
  • Prerequisite: Advanced level of English (C1 and above)
  • Instructor: Dr. Judit Minczinger
  • Price: Early bird (until one month before the course starts): 170 EUR. Afterwards: 190 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

*Refugees and asylum seekers are welcome to take the course for free. Please get in touch for further details.

Registration

Course Schedule Dates Price Register
Negotiating Academic Discourse
Intensive
Friday 16:00-20:00,
Saturday 9:00-18:00
15.11. 16:00-20:00,
16.11. 9:00-18:00
190 EUR
(Early bird*
170 EUR)
Register
Negotiating Academic Discourse
Weekly
Tuesday 18:00-20:00 03.12., 10.12., 07.01.,
14.01., 21.01., 28.01.
18:00-20:00
190 EUR
(Early bird*
170 EUR)
Register

*Until one month before the course starts.