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Writing Lab – English Academic Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences – Online Course


26. November 2020 10:00 – 30. November 2020 15:30


This online workshop addresses doctoral candidates and postdocs from the social sciences and humanities who have good command of the English language, seek to improve their English writing skills, and strive to make their academic papers more idiomatic. The workshop seeks to create an awareness of the typical patterns of non-idiomatic writing to which non-native authors writing in English – and especially German-speaking academics – are prone and equip the participants with strategies to avoid these pitfalls.

The workshop will be conducted in English by two trainers who have a professional background in the social sciences and many years of experience both in teaching English academic writing and in translating and editing academic texts by German-speaking scholars. There will be a follow-up session (January 2021, Date to be determined) to give participants the opportunity to discuss their texts and other issues that may have emerged since the workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be aware of some of the important characteristics of the English language that will help improve your writing (trainer input and discussion).
  • You will be conscious of some of the pitfalls that German speakers are vulnerable to when writing in English and be familiar with strategies to avoid them (trainer input and discussion).
  • You will be able to use this knowledge to develop a more fluent and lively style of writing (practical exercises and discussion of your own texts).
  • You will be familiar with a wide range of resources, aids, and strategies to help you improve your writing (trainer input and discussion).


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

You will have the opportunity to hand in a one-page writing sample prior to the workshop; the trainers will review this sample and give you individual feedback. We kindly ask you to have a text by a native speaker of English available that you find very well written; we will use this text for an exercise.


November 26, 2020, 10 am–3:30 pm
November 27, 2020, 10 am–3:30 pm, and
November 30, 2020, 10 am–3:30 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from the humanities and social sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At , deadline November 9, 2020
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Have you heard about our individual writing consultation? Would you like to improve your English writing skills? Our experienced consultant, Dr. Fabienne Quennet, gives advice to our members on all issues concerning the writing of a dissertation.


Stephan Elkins
Andrea Tönjes

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences