SoDoC Writing Week

Writing Week is 5 days of courses, seminars, and workshops aimed at improving academic writing, editing, and dissemination skills for graduate and postdoc students at NMBU. These are FREE 1/2 day courses designed through a collaboration between PhD candidates, SoDoC, and writing experts at NMBU. All courses are in English unless otherwise noted.

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Monday, November 13 
Location: Building TF102-3
9:00 - 12:00 Session #1: Academic Writing
A PhD level short course on the fundamentals of academic writing. Instructor: Dr. William Warner

13:00 - 16:00 Session #2: Proposal Writing
A PhD level short course on how to write successful proposals. Instructor: Dr. Harsha Ratnaweera

 Tuesday, November 14 
Location: Building TF102-3
9:00 - 12:00 Session #3: Academic Editing
A PhD level short course on approaches to editing and shaping academic writing, including take-home exercises and tools for improving your editing skills. Instructor: Dr. Timothy Richardson.


Wednesday, November 15 
Location: Building TF102-3
9:00 - 12:30 Session #4: Academic Publishing Lecture and Panel Discussion
Dr. Tor A. Benjaminsen will give a 1 hour presentation on academic publishing practices and norms aimed at the PhD level. After a break, there will then be a panel discussion with panelists Dr. Tor A. Benjaminsen, Dr. Petter Næss, and Ms. Elise Lund. The panelists will present a discussion about their own experiences and challenges with academic publishing, and take questions from the audience.

13:00 - 16:00 Session #5: Popular Science Writing Workshop
Presented by Ms. Elise Lund and colleagues, this short course offers a hands-on opportunity for PhD's to transform their peer-reviewed work into popular science/other types of publications.Participants will need a near-finished or published manuscript (English or Norwegian) to work with during the course.

Thursday, November 16 
Location: Building T132 
9:00 - 13:00 Session #6: Writing Workshop with Writing Center Advisors
A hands-on short course offering opportunites to get personal feedback on your academic writing from peers and writing advisors from NMBU's Writing Center. This course is open to PhD students with well-developed manuscripts/academic writing, and are prepared to share this writing with peers and writing center advisors. Students will be required to submit some writing in advance. Students should come prepared with specific questions about their own writing. Students will be expected to read other PhD writing and give and receive constructive feedback. 

Tentative Course Schedule:
09:00-09:45 Lecture with Professor William Warner on writing principles
09:45-10:00 Lecture from the Writing Advisors on How to peer review? What to look for?
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Peer review exercise: get individual feedback from peers on your academic writing
11:00-11:45 Questions for Writing Advisors: a chance to work in small groups with a writing advisor to talk through problems and challenges in PhD writing
11:45-12:00 Summing up - addressing common concerns from group work and the writing process


Friday, November 17 - Deadline to sign up: October 20!
Location: Building TF102-3
8:30 - 15:30 Session #7: Communications Department Communicating Science Course
Learn more about how to communicate your own research better to the media and a wider audience on this writing course with Science Nordic / This course offers a mix of theory, practical exercises and examples of effective communication. Please be aware that this is not a language course, but a course that will teach you effective communication when writing for popular media. For the course, all participants have to prepare a short presentation of themselves and their research and submit a draft for an op-ed (the draft can be in English or Norwegian) by October 30. You will receive guidance on this when you sign up.The course will provide you with tools to communicate research to different target groups: be it politicians, journalists, sources of funding, other researchers or students.The course is taught by experienced research journalists with ample experience in communicating research findings to a wider audience.

Course Schedule:
08:30 Arrival, coffee and tea (provided)
08:40 Communications and Marketing at NMBU: What we can assist researchers with?
09:00 Presentation of participants, with Science Nordic
09:30 Exercise: "This is what I conduct research on"
09:45 How to make a text interesting: News criteria. Exercise: This is my news
11:00 Language: How to write in a way most people understand
12:00 Lunch (provided)
12:30 Group work: Analysing the the op-eds submitted for the course
14:00 How to interest the reader? On titles and intros
14:30 Genres: op-eds, blog posts, news.
15:00 Evaluation
15:30 End

Published 5. October 2017 - 13:39 - Updated 5. October 2017 - 13:39