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Writing Process Reengineering | Fall 2019

Lecturer: Thomas Basbøll, PhD

Resident Writing Consultant, Copenhagen Business School

Date: approx. 09.00 – 16.20 (breaks included) 05 Nov 2019

Venue: Room C102

Credit points: 2 credits (for PhD students)

Maximum number of participants: 60

Registration: https://forms.gle/HUyHkLF9gfNvaKno7

PDF version of the syllabus can be downloaded here.

This seminar presents a comprehensive approach to academic writing, applicable to both article and dissertation writing. It is aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers who wish to improve their mastery and enjoyment of writing for academic purposes. The seminar involves eight hours of instruction, two of which consist of guided writing and feedback activities.

Part I | 09.00 – 12.20 (break 10.30 – 10.50)

Participants are introduced to academic writing as “the art of writing down what you know for the purpose of discussing it with other knowledgeable people”. We analyze the competence of knowing into its philosophical, rhetorical and literary components, arriving at the paragraph as the unit of scholarly composition. Participants are shown how they can train their ability to support, elaborate or defend a claim in the space of at least 6 sentences and at most 200 words. This unit is then considered from the point of view of its function in a larger text. We will consider the introduction and conclusion of a paper, as well as the background, theory, methods, analysis, and discussion sections, in terms of our basis for writing them and our purpose for doing so. This same outline can then be applied to longer texts and modified according to the demands of the participant’s discipline.

LUNCH 12.20 – 13.00

Part II | 13.00 – 16.20 (break 14.30 – 14.50)

Writing is part of the larger social activity of research. In part II, we will look at how we can ensure we have the time we need to get our writing done along with all the other things we have to do as researchers and teachers. We will also see how we can align these activities to mutually reinforce each other and draw on our colleagues to support us in our writing. Part of this social skill of writing involves receiving feedback and criticism and absorbing this one paragraph at a time. We will talk about outlining and planning revisions, reacting to calls for papers, and dealing with the reactions of journal reviewers and thesis committees. If you are able to do something well, you are able to enjoy it too. Finding the joy in scholarly writing is the note on which we will end.




Last modified: 2019.10.21.