The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Proofreading

THE WRITING PROCESS:
FROM BRAINSTORMING TO PROOFREADING

In this workshop we work our way through the different stages of the academic writing process from coming up with an idea to the moment of submission (and beyond). In order to overcome the fear of the blank page, we break down the writing process into smaller, manageable tasks. You will discover and reflect on various strategies that help you generate, structure and express ideas. You will also learn how to go about conducting research and consult sources to strengthen your argument. You will be given plenty of room to test these tools without being judged or receiving a grade. We will also discuss the potential obstacles you will encounter during writing and ways to overcome them. In addition, we will address the issue of institutional requirements as well as navigating your relationship with your academic advisor.

The aim is to walk away from this course with confidence and the right tools to know how to go about writing an academic text - so that you flourish, not perish!

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

  • I have a general topic in mind; how can I develop it and turn it into a paper or thesis?
  • Writing a dissertation is the biggest writing task I've faced so far. How do I go about it?
  • I have 3/6/9 months to write a thesis or a few years to submit a dissertation. How do I come up with a time plan?
  • How do I develop a strong argument?
  • How shall I find and work with resources on my topic?
  • What is the most effective way to read through my resources? Do I need to read everything before I start writing?
  • How do I stop reading and start writing?
  • I’m drowning in my notes. How can I take notes effectively?
  • How do I come up with an outline?
  • I’ve been staring at a blank page. How can I start my first draft?
  • I have written a draft but it needs some serious editing. How do I go about revising it?
  • I am supposed to schedule a meeting with my supervisor. How can I prepare for it and what shall I say?

This workshop is offered on two levels: one aimed at B.A. and M.A. students and another at PhD students as well as M.A. students who consider pursuing a PhD. Most of the topics covered on the two levels overlap, but the focus and the questions arising during the workshops are different. In the ‘advanced’ workshop we address, among others, the different institutional requirements doctoral students face and the challenges that such a long writing process entails. The ‘basic’ workshop, on the other hand, is aimed at students with less writing experience who wish to gain tools and strategies to write a seminar paper or a thesis.

If you are also interested in the conventions of academic discourse and want to develop further strategies to produce a clear and coherent text, take a look at the workshop ‘Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation.’

TOPICS COVERED
  • Introduction to academic writing: What? Why? How?
  • Myths about writing, possible obstacles and strategies to overcome them
  • Requirements: What is expected of me?
  • Stages of the writing process
  • Creating a time plan
  • From a topic to a research question
  • Brainstorming strategies
  • From a question to an argument
  • Presenting evidence
  • Conducting research and working with sources
  • Creating a reading list
  • Reading strategies
  • Effective ways of taking notes
  • Creating an outline
  • Ways to overcome the fear of the blank page
  • The first draft
  • Editing the first draft
  • Macro- and micro-revision
  • Submission
  • Institutional contexts
  • Me and my supervisor

THE WRITING PROCESS:
FROM BRAINSTORMING TO PROOFREADING

In this workshop we work our way through the different stages of the academic writing process from coming up with an idea to the moment of submission (and beyond). In order to overcome the fear of the blank page, we break down the writing process into smaller, manageable tasks. You will discover and reflect on various strategies that help you generate, structure and express ideas. You will also learn how to go about conducting research and consult sources to strengthen your argument. You will be given plenty of room to test these tools without being judged or receiving a grade. We will also discuss the potential obstacles you will encounter during writing and ways to overcome them. In addition, we will address the issue of institutional requirements as well as navigating your relationship with your academic advisor.

The aim is to walk away from this course with confidence and the right tools to know how to go about writing an academic text - so that you flourish, not perish!

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

  • I have a general topic in mind; how can I develop it and turn it into a paper or thesis?
  • Writing a dissertation is the biggest writing task I've faced so far. How do I go about it?
  • I have 3/6/9 months to write a thesis or a few years to submit a dissertation. How do I come up with a time plan?
  • How do I develop a strong argument?
  • How shall I find and work with resources on my topic?
  • What is the most effective way to read through my resources? Do I need to read everything before I start writing?
  • How do I stop reading and start writing?
  • I’m drowning in my notes. How can I take notes effectively?
  • How do I come up with an outline? Do I even need one?
  • I’ve been staring at a blank page. How can I start my first draft?
  • I have written a draft but it needs some serious editing. How do I go about revising it?
  • I am supposed to schedule a meeting with my supervisor. How can I prepare for it and what shall I say?
TOPICS COVERED
  • Introduction to academic writing: What? Why? How?
  • Myths about writing, possible obstacles and strategies to overcome them
  • Requirements: What is expected of me?
  • Stages of the writing process
  • Creating a time plan
  • From a topic to a research question
  • Brainstorming strategies
  • From a question to an argument
  • Presenting evidence
  • Conducting research and working with sources
  • Creating a reading list
  • Reading strategies
  • Effective ways of taking notes
  • Creating an outline
  • Ways to overcome the fear of the blank page
  • The first draft
  • Editing the first draft
  • Macro- and micro-revision
  • Submission
  • Institutional contexts
  • Me and my supervisor

The Writing Process - Advanced - Intensive

  • When: Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat 9:00-18:00, Sun 9:00-13:00
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily PhD students, but also MA students with a higher level of proficiency or who consider doing a PhD
  • 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): 230 EUR. Afterwards: 250 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

The Writing Process - Advanced - Weekly Course

  • When: 8 weeks, 2 hours/week
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily PhD students, but also MA students with a higher level of proficiency or who consider doing a PhD
  • 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): 230 EUR. Afterwards: 250 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

The Writing Process - Basic - Intensive

  • When: Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat 9:00-18:00, Sun 9:00-13:00
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: BA and MA students
  • 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): 230 EUR. Afterwards: 250 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

The Writing Process - Basic - Weekly Course

  • When: 8 weeks, 2 hours/week
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: BA and MA students
  • 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): 230 EUR. Afterwards: 250 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
The Writing Process
Advanced Intensive
Friday 16:00-20:00,
Saturday 9:00-18:00,
Sunday 9:00-13:00
25.10. 16:00-20:00,
26.10. 9:00-18:00,
27.10. 9:00-13:00
250 EUR
(Early bird*
230 EUR)
Register
The Writing Process
Advanced Weekly
Tuesday 18:00-20:00 08.10., 15.10., 22.10., 29.10.,
05.11., 12.11., 19.11., 26.11.
18:00-20:00
250 EUR
(Early bird*
230 EUR)
Register
The Writing Process
Basic Intensive
Friday 16:00-20:00,
Saturday 9:00-18:00,
Sunday 9:00-13:00
13.12. 16:00-20:00,
14.12. 9:00-18:00,
15.12. 9:00-13:00
250 EUR
(Early bird*
230 EUR)
Register

*Until one month before the course starts.