Writing with results Autumn 2021
Sign up for our DEEP Writing with Results course within 18 June 2021. It will take place each Tuesday for 6 weeks from the 24 August 2021. Whether you are planning an article, or you already have a first draft, this is a course for you!
“Writing with Results” will take place one-day-a-week over several weeks (digitally), instead of consecutive days over one or two weeks. In this way, we can follow an actual writing process. By the end of the course, you will hopefully have a research article much closer to (or even ready for) submission.
At several stages during your PhD, you will have periods with lots of writing. Many struggle with writing efficiently and do not feel competent about their writing skills. This is why we welcome all DEEP members to a writing course from Mathew Stiller-Reeve which follows a real academic writing process.
By extending the length of the course to 1-day a week over 6 weeks, you will be able to develop and practice a writing process that works for you. We start with lectures on basic writing skills, and then week-by-week work through the sections of a typical research article. At the same time, Mathew Stiller-Reeve will encourage and guide you and your fellow participants to give each other feedback and support.
The DEEP “Writing with Results” course will take place each Tuesday from the 24 August 2021. Each week, we will use a whole day for lectures, discussions, writing and feedback. The foundational lectures during week 1 will cover issues like cutting clutter, using active voice, and planning structure. We will also discuss how to form concrete research questions that your article will focus on. The lectures during the first week can be open to several more participants before we move forward with a core group from Week 2 and onwards. During the rest of the course, we will use a recurring process to develop the different sections. This process will include discussions, brainstorming, planning, writing, and editing. We will also develop forums for peer-to-peer reflection and collaboration. Over the 6 weeks, you will develop as independent writers. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking, peer-review, and communication. Most importantly, you will put a writing process into action that you can apply (and adapt) to future writing projects.
For those following the whole course, you need to have a writing project in mind. Remember this course targets the writing process of an article aimed at a peer-reviewed journal. Maybe you are about to start a new writing process, or maybe you would like to fully revise a draft you already have.
You need to be open to working with your peers and giving feedback to each-other. The power of peer-to-peer feedback has long been documented and we use it actively in this course. During the course, you will work in small groups to analyze each other’s text and give feedback.
You need to be willing to use a couple of digital tools. The first is Zoom, which I am sure you all have some experience with now. The other will either be Mural or Miro. These are an online collaboration tools, which are essentially fancy whiteboards with post-its and other useful functions. The following video gives a brief but useful overview of some of the functionality of Mural as an example (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0946e6barQ&t=17s).
More details will be sent out in good time before the course starts, when I will also inform you about the digital tool we will use. In the meantime, ensure that your calendars are free each Tuesday from 24th August (9am-4pm).
Sign up within 18 June 2021 through our online form.
NB: This course is an offer to PhD students who are members of Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP) and is not open to external applicants.
If you are a PhD student at UiO, UiT, UNIS, UiB, and NTNU and your field of study is compatible with DEEP themes you are welcome to sign up for membership.
|Week||Day, date and time||Theme|
Tuesday 24 August 2021, 09:00 - 15:00
Lectures on writing skills + forming the research question/aim
|2||Tuesday 31 August 2021, 09:00 - 15:00||The Introduction|
|3||Tuesday 7 September 2021, 09:00 - 15:00||The Methods|
|4||Tuesday 14 September 2021, 09:00 - 15:00||The Results|
|5||Tuesday 21 September 2021, 09:00 - 15:00||The Discussion (and Conclusion)|
|6||Tuesday 28 September 2021, 09:00 - 15:00||The Title and Abstract + editing, editing, editing|
All activities will take place on Zoom so please make sure you’ve signed up to the free version (at least), or maybe you have an account through your university.
The room invitations will be sent on email - but if you have any questions on how to join, please contact email@example.com.
Mathew Stiller-Reeve has a PhD in Meteorology and has published several peer-reviewed articles on the monsoon as well as interdisciplinary and communication issues. He founded the SciSnack writing group community in 2012 and helped start several writing groups around the world. He and 12 international co-authors published their collaborative writing process in 2016, and since then it has been used by summer schools and communication initiatives around the world. Recently, he has become a Thematic Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and has developed a peer-review process that he recently published on Nature.com. He has held writing seminars and courses over the past 4 years, both in Norway and internationally. Mathew puts emphasis on how we apply basic writing skills to our academic writing, and not least, how we can improve our writing together!