Writing Productivity: Tools and Techniques

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center.

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.

Online Workshop

Thursday, December 09, 2021
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; 1:1 coaching sessions (25 min) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. + self-learning unit


Dr. Philipp Mayer





Target Group

Doctoral students from all subject areas




7 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • Applying working techniques for productive writing
  • Evaluating software tools for managing information, planning text structure, drafting, revising
  • Distinguishing stages in the writing process
  • Setting writing targets and scheduling writing sessions
  • Avoiding self-sabotage
  • Organizing team writing activities

Course Description


  • 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

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 December 9, 2021, between 8:15 am and 9:30 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 December 9. 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.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141



Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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