Smoothening your writing process (for PhD students)

  • LocationUtrecht
  • Duration37 hours
  • Starting momentDate to be announced
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Teaching methodOnline
  • CertificationCertificate

Writing academic papers, proposals, or thesis chapters is not easy but good strategies will help you make your writing process more smooth and efficient. This course will focus on the writing process. It is not an English language course.


The secret ingredient of an effective writing process is ‘segmentation’: perform activities such as outlining, writing, revising, and editing, one by one. This will make each of them a lot easier and more doable.

In this course you will work on your own proposal, article, or thesis chapter. We will organise information, instructions and (peer) feedback. You will get ample opportunity to practise strategies for tackling the process, such as effective outlining, speed writing a first draft and goal-directed step-by-step revision. By critical reflection on which of these tools you find helpful and why, you will find out how to best make the writing process work for you as a person. Along this, we will always pay attention to the structure and the strength of what you are writing and how to best ask for useful feedback from your peers and supervisors.

Suitable for

PhD students from all disciplines who have a paper, proposal, or chapter to work on during the period of the course (>9 months underway in your PhD trajectory)

Time investment

5 meetings of 2,5 hours, 30 minutes for your individual questions and 24 hours of self-study


Book: Jong, J. de (2017). Effective Strategies for Academic Writing. Bussum: Coutinho

Fee for PhD Students of Utrecht University

PhD Students of Utrecht University can participate at a reduced rate. Oftentimes, your graduate school will reimburse these costs. Please get in touch with them to get more information.

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Dr. Esther Slot

Dr. Esther Slot


Dr. Miriam de Boer

Dr. Miriam de Boer

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