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Writing about your research: Creative Academic EnglishECO

How these workshops are organised

This workshop is designed to make researchers in all disciplines aware of the creative possibilities available that can be used to render their written work more evocative, accessible, and ultimately engaging to the reader.

What you will learn

Coupling the concept of exploiting the writer’s individual ‘voice’ with an examination of techniques taken from creative writing and literary linguistics, this course will draw on a variety of examples from both academic and non-academic literature in order to show how the writer can be original and successful in conveying their message to a discerning audience.


Writing about your research: Creative Academic English

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Writing your Journal Article: Draft to Submission in Eight Weeks

Journal Article

How these workshops are organised

The aim is to get a journal article into publishable form. The teachers will provide targeted materials and activities to help you push your chosen piece of writing towards completion within your chosen timeframe.

Who can participate in Writing your journal article?

  • Researchers in their third year and beyond
  • Fellows
  • Research assistants

The course is largely based on Wendy L. Belcher's book, Writing your journal article in 12 weeks (Sage, 2009) but also draws on other materials.

The number of participants is limited to 12.

What you will learn

The sessions will address both rhetorical and stylistic issues related to drafting and revising your article such as:

  • strengthening your structure
  • presenting your evidence
  • opening and concluding your article
  • advancing your argument

They will also address practical concerns such as:

  • time management
  • journal selection
  • targeting your article to a specific journal 


Writing your Journal Article: Draft to Submission in Eight Weeks

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 Academic writers' groups at the EUI

 Writers groups

How these workshops are organised

A group of researchers and/or fellows (either in the same discipline or in neighbouring disciplines) arrange to meet on a regular basis (every few weeks) in order to read and critique each others’ work in progress. 

The group (usually 4-5 members) also includes a facilitator (a member of the English Unit staff), whose role is to chair discussions, to prompt group members to articulate their observations in a focused way, and to promote a problem-solving approach to removing writing barriers.

Before each session, short segments of text (e.g. introductions to chapters, commentary on tables, literature reviews, etc.) are circulated to all members of the group. Experience shows that to allow adequate time for discussion, an upper page limit is 4-5 pages per writer per session.  

In a typical session (usually about one and a half hours) each piece of writing is discussed in turn.

Each writer first briefs his/her peers by indicating what stage the writing is at (e.g. first draft, first revision, about to be sent to supervisor), what kind of feedback he/she feels would be useful, and if there are any specific parts of the text that he/she would particularly like the group to focus on.

The group then provides feedback to the writer.

After having discussed the various texts, there is usually a round of de-briefing in which the writers identify which points they have found most useful and how they intend to use their colleagues’ observations in revising their work.

At the end of each session, the group decides on their objectives and work plan for the following session. 

There are several advantages to this mode of work for an academic author at the Institute:

  1. it fosters writer autonomy while providing pedagogical support and expertise;
  2. it improves clarity and readability of drafts to be presented to supervisors, as well as eventual thesisrelated conference presentations and related articles;
  3. it provides a structured opportunity to give and receive peer feedback, of formative value for the following stages of an academic career.

What you will learn

The English Unit runs writers’ groups for small groups of young academics, from the second year of doctoral research to the post-doctoral level. The aim of these groups is to support the later stages of thesis and related writing, as well as writing for publication. Academic writers’ groups provide a way for the participants to work on their writing in a semi-structured setting.

Second-year researchers can participate in what we call academic writing groups, which are very similar to writers’ groups, but with more taught input where requested/needed. 

How to set up / join a writers' group

You can join or set up a writers' group at any time during the year. 

Contact the Language Centre Assistant stating 

  • your department
  • your year
  • your area of interest e.g. economic history, human rights law, political philosophy, microeconomics
  • if you already have a small group of colleagues interested in working together in a writers' group, provide us with their names, years and areas of interest


The Writers' LabWriters Lab

How these workshops are organised

Bring determination to write. The Writers' Lab is a protected writing space, similar to a Writing Boot Camp, but with expert support available when you need it. 

For two, three or even four hours every week you can simply 'shut up and write' in the company of other writers. It is not a course. You can join in at any time between 9.00 and 13.00 on Tuesday mornings. 

If you need support, a member of the English Unit will be in the room between 9.00 and 10.30 to help with any questions that may come up. 

Any member of the EUI can participate in the Writers' Lab.

It is open to researchers, staff members, fellows and partners. 

If you need to write, you can participate.

The Writers' Lab

The Writers' Lab is not a course. Anyone who needs to write can participate.

Time & Place


  • Tuesday 9:00-13.00

There is no obligation to come every week.

Convento, Chomsky


You do not need to sign up for the Writers' Lab. You can join in whenever you like.


Presenting and discussing your research: Academic Presentations support


How these workshops are organised

Occasional workshops on academic presentations

One- or two-day workshops or short courses may be offered according to a just-in-time strategy. In other words, if all first-year historians or a number of third-year lawyers etc are expected to present their work at a certain time, we can offer a workshop a week or two before. 

The workshop will be tailored to the needs of the group.

Dry-runs of academic presentations

If a group of you wish to practise your presentations before an event you can request a dry-run session. 

In a dry-run session, each participant gives his or her presentation, after which the other participants and the teacher will give constructive feedback.

Individual consultations

As with any other aspect of your academic and professional life while here at the EUI, you can request an individual consultation with a member of the English Unit to discuss any part of your presentation, e.g. structure, voice, body language, help with slides, or ways of coping with nerves when speaking in public. 

What you will learn

You will develop the skills necessary to present successfully

  • verbal: what you say
  • vocal: how you use your voice
  • visual: from body language to visual aids

As lack of confidence is often an issue, we also work on building up confidence throughout the course.


Presenting and Discussing your Research: Academic presentations support

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Working on your English Language skills in an academic context

Working on your English

Workshops on demand

Throughout the year a number of workshops will be offered. These can also be requested on demand. In addition, the English for Academic Purposes unit is always interested in hearing from researchers about workshops they would like to see offered, so feel free to get in touch.

Workshops can be offered on the following topics:

  • Grammar refresher
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Academic Communication: emails

Contact the Language Centre Assistant.








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