Writing Productivity: Tools and Techniques

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center.

In this workshop, we will focus on the process of preparing research articles and doctoral theses. This distance learning course contains six different elements that will be included, such as a self-learning phase before the workshop itself.


Thursday, July 7, 2022
8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., 1:1 coaching session of 25 minutes each + self-learning phase

Please register your interest in this workshop with your BIGS coordinator by March 6, 2022


Dr. Philipp Mayer





Target Group

Doctoral students of all subject areas




8 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • Working techniques for productive writing
  • Stages in the writing process: collecting information, planning text structure, drafting, revising
  • Software tools for managing information, planning text structure, drafting, revising
  • Setting targets and scheduling writing sessions
  • Avoiding self-sabotage
  • Writing in teams

Course Description

In this workshop, we focus on the process of preparing research articles and doctoral theses. We do not discuss issues related to text quality but talk about getting started, keeping momentum, and finishing in time.

This distance learning course contains six elements:

  1. A document with workshop information and tasks (instructions for self-learning).
  2. An email participants send to the trainer describing their two or three main challenges related to productive writing.
  3. A ZOOM meeting on July 7, 2022, between 8:15 am and 9:45 am.
  4. A PDF document including the slides shown in the meeting. Also included: additional slides, recommended websites, references.
  5. An online bulletin board for sharing comments and insights with other participants. This is the place for questions, answers, problems, solutions.
  6. A 1:1 coaching session with the trainer on July 7. The aim of this session is to reflect the tasks and to discuss techniques, tools, tactics, approaches for productive writing. The 1:1 coaching session will be held via ZOOM and will take 25 minutes. The session will be scheduled between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Participants are expected to invest a total workload of 6.5 hours.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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