Registration: Academic voices - designing your scientific writing style (intensive workshop with individual workload for experienced writers of English) - advanced

Venue: FNO 01/171
Time: 2-day workshop 09.00 - 17.00 hrs (incl. 1 h lunchbreak) + additional individual workload
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Monique Dorang
Language: English
Participants: max. 6 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 1 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate (2-day workshop + individual workload)


This intensive workshop with individual workload is particularly helpful for researchers with advanced writing skills in English who would like to improve their scientific writing style by studying the communication strategies of experienced academic authors.


Course description

Scientific publications are frequently the product of collaborative work, but writing itself remains a fundamentally individual activity and bears the mark of the author’s scientific writing style. To further develop author’s voice, this workshop explores benchmark publications. It identifies the communication strategies of experienced academic writers and highlights the stylistic features underlying their respective communicative approach.


In the context of this workshop, benchmark publications are journal articles that not only possess native speaker quality but also communicate with a degree of clarity which makes them a pleasure to read.


With selected benchmark publications at hand, we will explore how successful authors combine the ability of responding to the expectations towards text genre and that of addressing their readership in an engaging tone. In this workshop, you will learn to pinpoint a variety of stylistic means from which you can choose appropriate elements to design your scientific writing style.


Themes and activities will include:

  • choosing a benchmark publication in line with specified criteria
  • submitting a personal writing sample to obtain trainer feedback
  • reflecting on your own writing and self-editing practices
  • classifying standard actions in scientific publications
  • translating genre expectations into communicative author actions
  • identifying stylistic features underlying communication strategies
  • creating your own author action plan
  • selecting appropriate stylistic means to convey content and expressive intention
  • writing beyond your comfort zone (draft to be finalized overnight)
  • establishing a culture of productive peer feedback
  • assessing the communicative approach and reader focus of peer texts


Note for participants on additioanl individual workload 

Ahead of the workshop, you will receive a “Call for Benchmark Publications” requesting you to submit a scientific article as defined above. When choosing a benchmark publication, you will be asked to do so in line with specific criteria. Simultaneously, you will receive a “Call for Texts” requesting you to submit a sample of your own academic writing. The benchmark publication and personal writing sample are to be submitted to the trainer two weeks ahead of the workshop. 


In the context of this intensive workshop, you will additionally be asked to finalize overnight a writing sample drafted on Day 1. This writing sample will serve as a basis for peer and trainer feedback on Day 2.


Requirement concerning English language skills

To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR self-assessment grid may be found at:



Professor Monique Dorang, PhD, is a trainer and consultant for academic writing and publishing. She conducts workshops for graduates and research supervisors in collaboration with staff development institutions, research centers, and foundations. She also provides editing and personal counselling for science research writers.

Date: 06.–07.12.2017
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