Clear, Engaging and Persuasive: Academic Writing to Stand Out

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

The seminar aims to support participants in learning how to structure their academic writing so as to stand out from the crowd by producing writing that is clear, engaging and persuasive.

Online Workshop

Thursday, September 29, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 30, 2022
Individual 30-minute coaching session to be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


Dr. Matteo Garavoglia





Target Group

Doctoral students and postdocs




9 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus or Postdoc plus certificate

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Course Content

  • Finding a focus by identifying an appropriate research question
  • Examining structural relationships within and between sections of a paper
  • Understanding the drafting and revision processes
  • Creating precise, accurate, and correct sentences
  • Recognizing stylistically adequate and inadequate language  

Course Description

On the first day, participants identify the key characteristics of a clear, engaging and persuasive text. Having done that, they explore how to adjust their style for specific needs (academic journal, policy brief, funding application, etc.). As a next step, they investigate how to structure an academic paper. Finally, they receive guidance on pitching their manuscript to the editors of an academic journal (title, abstract and cover letter). On the second day, participants meet the trainer in a series of one-to-one meetings. Through this tailor-made approach, they discuss their specific situation, eventual challenges and ways to craft clear, engaging and persuasive texts.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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