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[REPORT À 2018] Getting the Writing Done (320)


1 December 2017

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Ilaria Orsi


Dr Christian Wymann


Besides writing dissertations, grant applications, articles, and conference papers, doctoral candidates have to manage different obligations and activities simultaneously: research, teaching, administrative work, conferences, obligations to family and friends, and leisure activities. For many reasons, they can have trouble getting their writing done. Writing often does not get the attention and time it deserves and needs, which can lead to postponed deadlines.

In this workshop, participants will reflect on their writing habits and learn strategies to improve them. The goal is that the participants will be able to create their own writing schedule and get their writing done on time. In the long run, they should become researchers who can manage their time for their various obligations, without neglecting their writing.



The participants will learn how get their writing done step by step: motivation and commitment; when to write and for how long; defining writing projects and setting priorities; defining small tasks and goals; planning the writing process; monitoring progress; arranging the writing environment; distractions during writing sessions; rituals and rewards; confronting excuses.


Learning outcomes

  • Participants will understand more about their writing habits and how to improve them.
  • They will know how to create and maintain a writing schedule.
  • They will be able to recognize and deal with challenges caused by their environment and themselves.


The workshop is based on discussions and individual and group work. Participants may bring their laptops.


Université de Lausanne


Date : Friday 1 December 2017

Schedule: 9:00 to 13:00

Location: University of Lausanne


Trainer: Dr Christian Wymann is an independent writing consultant ( He also works at the University Library in Bern, where he counsels students and researchers. He received his PhD in sociology from Copenhagen Business School and completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies course on writing coaching at the ZHAW. His books on time management for writers and myths about academic writing have been published with Barbara Budrich Publishers and UTB. For the past few years, he has explored academic writing in his blog Mind Your Writing (


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the town of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class). For full-day workshops, lunch costs will be reimbursed upon presentation of original receipts (no photocopies or scans). A reimbursement form will be supplied to all registered participants for this workshop.



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