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Discuss and develop your academic writing, and improve your ability to produce written academic texts in English for international journals during this intensive two-day writing workshop. The workshop mixes discussion of writing principles and strategies with dedicated time for writing and working on your own text-in-progress.

  • Session 1: October 17th, 9:00 – 15:00
  • Session 2: October 18th, 9:00 – 15:00
Target group:

PhD candidates and academic staff writing articles for international journals

  • Increased awareness of the writing practices of your own discipline, focusing on the genre of the journal article
  • Improved ability to produce written academic texts
  • Practice in writing academic English
  • Increased confidence in an English-speaking academic context
Course content

The course is tailored to the needs of each group. General topics discussed are:

  • The genre of the journal article
  • Language and style
  • Argumentation
  • Organization
  • Writing as process
  • Writing as social practice
  • Text/discourse analysis
Teaching methods and organisation  

Workshop-format. Discussion of texts, practical exercises, group work. The first half each day will be used to discuss writing principles and strategies. After lunch, there is dedicated time for writing, with optional one-on-one consultations with the workshop facilitator.


Participants must actively be working on a text at the time of the workshop. Participants submit 3-4 pages of this text a week ahead of the first session. We will work on improving this text during the course. In addition, please bring two journal articles from your field of research to the course, for reference purposes.

To get the most out of the course, you should be
  • reasonably fluent in written and oral English;
  • able to attend both workshop sessions
  • prepared to work on various tasks, readings, and your own writing

Please submit your text in progress to by October 10th (please mark your calendar!)

Recommended reading

Murray, Rowena. (2013). Writing for Academic Journals. 3rd edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.

Reid, Natalie. (2010). Getting Published in International Journals. Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists.  Oslo: Nova.

Thomson, Pat and Barbara Kamler (2013). Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published. London, Routledge.

Swales, John M. and Feak, Christine B. (2012).  Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills, 3rd ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Other reading material and resources will be provided during the workshop.

Course facilitators

English for Academic Purposes, Unit for Academic Language and Practice/Dr. Tom Muir, Dr. Kristin Solli, Dr. Pavel Zemliansky