Modern science writing is (and should be) clear and easy to understand. But much writing is unclear, not because we mean it to be, but because we simply do not know how to write clearly.
This two-part workshop will help you coach your students to adopt techniques that make writing clear. It will allow you to communicate more efficiently with your students and thus reduce the amount of time you spend reviewing or rewriting a student's work.
I've given writing courses to PhD students for many years in which I teach them to apply certain fundamental principles to structure their sentences clearly and logically. If you, as their supervisor, can use these same principles as the basis for your feedback, you can more specifically point out the flaws in their writing and give the responsibility of fixing these flaws back to the students.
Goal of the workshop:
Improve the quality of writing as well as the quality of communication between supervisors and PhD students
In this workshop, we will first learn the main writing principles that writers use to write more clearly. Then we will practice both identifying where these principles are lacking and giving clear feedback, with the aim of avoiding confusion or misinterpretation among collaborators on a writing project.
This workshop is open to anyone who is supervising beginning academic writers at the University of Utrecht and other universities and research institutions. It is structured as two sessions of three hours each.
Topics covered include:
We will also review specific issues brought by the participants.
Workshops in 2018:
February 21 and March 21 at 9am
May 17 and June 14 at 9am