Call for Participants: ECHER Academic Writing Clinic

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When: August 27, 2019
Where: University of Kassel, Germany
Deadline: May 15, 2019

Application is closed!

What is this about?

Many early-career scholars face challenges with academic writing. Native English speakers or not, most of us spend a considerable amount of time trying to lay down our thoughts in a coherent and meaningful way, repeatedly rewriting and rearranging our sentences and paragraphs, adjusting the argumentation to the journal of choice, choosing among references, and, not least, polishing the style and vocabulary. Despite all those efforts, we might still feel that our writing does not flow as smoothly as the one we sometimes see in good journals.

If this challenge is something you can relate to, you should definitely consider joining the ECHER’s Academic Writing Clinic – a half-day peer-to-peer workshop on Tuesday, August 27,  the day before the official start of the 2019 CHER Conference, starting at 14h.

What will happen during the workshop?

The workshop will be organised in two parts. In the first part, we will discuss key elements of good academic writing, including common pitfalls and how to avoid them, ways to identify and engage with specific academic and non-academic audiences, methods for critically assessing one’s own writing, as well as how to provide peer feedback. The second part is reserved for discussing each other’s writings (sent beforehand) and working out the ways in which to improve them.

After the workshop, all participants are welcome to join the informal ECHER dinner (at one’s own expense; details will be provided later).

How can I participate?

The workshop is free of charge and open to all early-career higher education researchers.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send your contact information (including your name, department, university, country, topic of your doctoral thesis / main research interests) to [email protected] by May 15.

As one of the goals of the workshop is to help participants improve actual manuscripts, we would also like to ask you to send in a piece of writing you are working on, no later than August 15. This can be a short paper, an article draft, a book/thesis chapter, or an abstract.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch!


The ECHER Academic Writing Clinic is organised by ECHER. The organising team: Melina Aarnikoivu, Jelena Brankovic, Daniel Kontowski, and Vitus Püttmann. You can contact the team at ECHER email (above).


Note: The ECHER email address was corrected on March 7. If you sent your information on March 6 (on the day the call was published), we kindly ask you to resend your information to the email provided above.

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