PhD Symposium - Into the academic Werkstatt - the craft of writing and preparing for publication
PhD symposium Fall 2022: Into the academic Werkstatt: the craft of writing and preparing for publication.
Organizer(s): Sisse Finken, Associate professor, Head of PhD School, the ITU
Mirjam Godskesen, PhD. Consultant, Researcher, Coach, Part-time lecturer at AAU
Liv Gish, PhD. Consultant, Researcher and coach, Nordic Writing Academy
Date(s) of the course: October 6-7 2022
Deadline for registration:
The course is oversubscribed. If you want to be registered on a waiting list, please write to email@example.com.
The PhD school supports sustainable thinking, so: please notify PhD Support within the final deadline of notification/cancellation on Tuesday August 2nd 2022. With such notification, the number of reservations equals participation, whereby we, hopefully, partake in minimizing waste of resources.
As of now the estimated departure time is 9:00 October 6th – 16:45 October 7th 2022.
We meet at 8:45 in front of the ITU (by the main entrance).
Skjoldenæsholm Hotel og Konferencecenter
The symposium is interdisciplinary in focus and cater to PhD-students in all stages of their studies, from newly enrolled to graduates. The symposium concentrates on the writing process and preparing academic work for publication whether it concerns scientific articles or PhD dissertations, herein monographs or kappas of article-based PhD dissertations.
The aim with the symposium is to train PhD-students’ skills in the academic craftwork of writing, establishing productive writing habits and, in this, to train their skills de-coding the (often) unarticulated, yet established, codes in publications, which underpin the process of writing.
The symposium is hands-on based and includes lectures, exercises, individual writing sessions, peer-feedback, and plenum discussions. The program is composed with the purpose for PhD-students to actively engage with their own and peer’s work in relation to the theoretical parts of the symposium.
PhD students are asked to bring a text in progress and to locate three examples of published work (e.g. articles and/or introductions to PhD dissertations). For further details see below ‘Preparation for the symposium’.
Evaluation: Upon completion, attending PhD students are invited to evaluate the symposium.
Having completed the full symposium successfully, PhD students will:
- Be knowledgeable of the academic craftwork of writing
- Be able to analyze embedded codes in publications
- Be able to account for and use different techniques that can aid the process of writing
- Be able to recognize and work with her/his own voice in written work
- Be able to give and receive feedback in an effective and structured way.
With the purpose of advancing the process disseminating written academic work, the symposium serves to further writing skills by way of bringing awareness to the very craftwork of academics. Upon arrival, and after a short introduction to the symposium by Sisse Finken, Mirjam Godskesen opens with a lecture on different aspects of writing. After one hour you will be writing on your own text (work in progress brought along to the symposium). In the afternoon focus will be on storytelling facilitated by both Liv Gish and Mirjam. In small groups you will help each other make the story in your text clear and there will be time to implement the changes in your own text. We end the day with Journal analysis by Liv.
Liv opens the day with a session on ‘good text’ and finding your own voice. The next topic is peer-feedback facilitated by Mirjam. You will share pieces of text and give each other feedback in smaller groups (see below ‘Preparation for the symposium). After lunch Liv will introduce tools to support text revision and there will be time to write on or revise your own text.
Day 1 – Thursday, October 6th
09:00-10:00 Leaving the ITU by bus to Skjoldenæsholm
10:00-10:30 Arrival and coffee. Introduction to the symposium (Sisse Finken)
10:30-12:15 Introduction to writing challenges and tools + writing on own text (Mirjam Godskesen)
12:15-13:15 Check-in and lunch
13:15-14:30 The power of storytelling including IMRAD. (Mirjam Godskesen & Liv Gish)
14:30-15:15 Coffee & tea break and time for a walk
15:15-16:15 Writing or structuring your own text based on the storytelling exercise (Mirjam & Liv)
16:15-16:30 Short break
16:30-17:30 Journal analysis; Presentation and individual exercise (Liv Gish)
Time to relax, check email, socialize or take another walk
20:00- Socializing (events organized by ITU PhD students? If you want to be in organizing, please contact Sisse)
Day 2 – Friday October 7th
08:00-09:00 Breakfast & check-out
09:00-10:00 Rhetorical reading – what is a good text? Group exercise based on the introductions you brought with you (Mirjam Godskesen)
10:00-10:15 Coffee & tea break
10:15-12:00 Peer-feedback, asking for and giving feedback in small groups (Liv & Mirjam)
13:00-14:30 Tools to support text revision and time for last writing or revision of own text (Liv Gish)
14:30-14:45 Coffee & tea
14:45-15:45 Bus travel to the ITU
To attend, you must be a PhD student enrolled at the IT University
2 pages reflection note on the topic of the symposium ‘The craft of writing and preparing for publication’ with emphasis on aspects you find relevant for your work and how they are relevant. The reflection note is approved by Sisse Finken and must be submitted to her no later than October 24th 2022.
2 ECTS for full attendance
Amount of hours the student is expected to use on the course
Participation: hours 28 (1 + ½ day at Skjoldenæsholm + written exam)
Preparation: hours 28 (readings + preparation (see the exercise ‘Preparation for the symposium´))
Preparation for the symposium
1. Decide which text you will write on at the symposium and make sure that you are prepared to write it (that you have read the necessary literature and analysed data).
2. Find an article where you think the introduction is well written. Bring five printed copies of the introduction with you to the symposium.
3. Make a list of the relevant journals you could publish your (next) paper in, find at least 5 candidates. If you are in doubt have a discussion with your supervisor(s). Also find the author guidelines for the journal you are most likely to target. Alternatively find the guidelines for the PhD plan or PhD thesis.
4. Read the literature listed and get acquainted with the online resources provided.