Academic Writing for Doctoral Students

This two-day online workshop will be an opportunity to reflect on the central challenges of academic writing, with focus on your current writing and PhD thesis. 

Workshop objective

To reflect on the central challenges of academic writing in the context of a doctoral project.

Course description

The workshop will take participants systematically through some of the main challenges of academic writing and publishing: audience, core argument and structure, as well as cultivating good writing habits.

  • Day 1 will focus on the “pieces”, i.e., the individual articles.
  • Day 2 will focus on putting the pieces together and writing the narrative.


Participants can be at any stage of their doctoral work. During the course, they should have with them a working draft of a paper or chapter from their thesis that they can use as a point of departure for the exercises.

Day 1: 11 October 2021

14:15-15:00       Introduction: The nature of academic writing

15:15-16:00       Core argument: Figuring out what you want to say

16:15-17:00       Structure: Tailoring your story to your audience

Day 2: 20 October 2021

09:15-10:00       Demonstrating doctorateness

10:15-11:00       Writing the narrative for an article-based thesis

11:15-12:00       Developing good writing habits

Target group

This course is only available to PhD candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Lynn P. Nygaard (

Lynn P. Nygaard is a Special Adviser on Project Development and Publications at The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and has worked with academic writing and publishing for many years. 

Course fee

The course is free of charge.


Register for this course within September 28.

The course takes place in Zoom. Zoom-ID will be distributed to the participants before the course. 

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