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Academic Writing in English

English writing techniques for research, academia, and publication

Academic Writing in English is a course for PhD students, post-docs and researchers at the University of Utrecht and other universities and research institutions.



Students learn how to improve the quality and professionalism of their academic writing while analyzing and editing the work(s) they intend to publish. By applying the techniques presented in the course, they learn how to communicate a message clearly and effectively in English to an academic or scientific audience.

Each week, participants receive personalized, detailed feedback on their personal writing challenges. This course aims to give participants the skills to recognize what makes academic writing clear, concise, and even stylish, which will serve them throughout their academic career.



Now, I am even arguing (with my co-authors) about the English words, grammar, past or present, British versus American, concise writing and the flow of the text. That is what you want, isn’t it? To be a sparring partner in the English language. Taylor is a very good coach in bringing you up there! She teaches you how to shape your text into an excellent piece of art! And writing is fun now! Maaike S.

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Topics covered include:

  • crafting better sentences and paragraphs in English
  • creating logical flow in paragraphs
  • reducing wordiness and improving readability
  • finding the appropriate register (level of formality)
  • nuancing with tenses and verb structures in academic writing

We also review grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary issues, discuss the dialects of English (American vs British), and correct major flaws in cover letter and email writing.


Students will receive extensive individual feedback during the course, as well as benefit from class discussion. This practical approach places the student’s own work central.

  • Academic Writing in English is a six week course with one three-hour session per week.
  • The cost of this course is €400 per student.
  • Students from the University of Utrecht should receive 2 EC credits upon successful completion of this course. Check with your department to receive credits.
  • To take full advantage of the course, students will need to set aside enough time for editing and revision each week. Registrations cannot be changed because of time constraints or holidays.

Past students have joined from the following universities: Universiteit Utrecht - Universiteit voor Humanistiek - Leiden Universiteit - Hogeschool Utrecht - Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam - Hogeschool Rotterdam - Radboud Universiteit - Universiteit Twente - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Open Universiteit - Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Fall Course 2017:
Thursdays 1pm-4pm
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November
7 December
open registration

GSLS Fall courses 2017*:
Thursdays 1pm-4pm
7, 14, 21, 28 September
5, 12 October
and Wednesdays 9am-12pm
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November
6 December
*at Utrecht Science Park
GSLS only



I now feel more comfortable and able to accurately express my ideas and have even started to correct my colleagues' work. I strongly recommend Taylor as a teacher. She perfectly mixes theory and direct practical advice on your own work.
Leila P.

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