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Giving and Receiving Text Feedback (412)


18th October 2019 (postponed from Spring semester)

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Christian Wymann


During the writing process, researchers rely on feedback to improve their texts. Feedback from their fellow researchers plays a crucial role: in order to get what they need from their peers, doctoral candidates need to learn the rules of productive feedback. In so doing, they also learn how to provide constructive criticism to others. As a result, they return to their work with renewed motivation and clear ideas for how to continue with their writing. They can use their feedback skills not only when working with their colleagues, but also when counseling students or giving peer-review on journal articles.

In this workshop the doctoral candidates will reflect on text feedback in its different forms. They will practice with their own texts how to ask for, give and receive text feedback among their peers.

Learning outcomes

  • The participants will be able to reflect on text feedback and its role in the writing process.
  • They will know how to ask for, give, receive and use peer feedback.
  • They will know about the rules of motivating feedback and possible problems.

Method and Preparation

The workshop is based on discussions and feedback exercises. Participants may bring their laptops.
All participants must bring sample texts from their project proposals, dissertations, articles or other academic texts (Further details will be provided to registered participants prior to the workshop). The texts have to be written in English.

Intended Audience
:The workshop is suitable for doctoral candidates of all levels and disciplines. An interdisciplinary group of participants has the advantage that it focuses more on the feedback process than on research topics, theories, or methods.


University of Fribourg


Date: Friday, 18th October 2019

Schedule: 9.15 am to 5.15 pm

Location: University of Fribourg



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, writing myths and the writing process have been published with Barbara Budrich Publishers. He has explored academic writing in his blog Mind Your Writing (


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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