Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks

Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks19.02.2024 09:00 - 10:30 (Mon)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks20.02.2024 09:00 - 12:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks23.02.2024 09:00 - 10:30 (Fri)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks27.02.2024 09:00 - 12:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks01.03.2024 09:00 - 10:30 (Fri)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks05.03.2024 09:00 - 12:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks08.03.2024 09:00 - 10:30 (Fri)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks12.03.2024 09:00 - 12:00 (Tue)onlineDr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific Writing Workshop - 4 weeks15.03.2024 09:00 - 11:00 (Fri)TUM Graduate School: Boltzmannstraße 17, 85748 Garching bei München, Raum 101Dr. Kerstin Minnich
Scientific writing, overcoming writer`s block, efficient writing strategies, making progress with writing ongoing projects
Course Description: 

When writing a paper or thesis, doctoral candidates often face several challenges. Amongst others, scientific texts have to address the target readership, be structured strictly and logically and be written in a precise and concise style. The complexity of such a writing project can be overwhelming, leading to lack of motivation and enhanced procrastination - especially when writing alone, as an isolated author. 

In this 4-week online workshop we will address the components of the scientific writing process, covering efficient planning and writing strategies, techniques for adequate application of scientific style- and structure conventions, and efficient revision and feedback strategies. Besides theoretical input on writing topics, participants will have plenty of opportunity to work with their own text, make progress with their ongoing writing projects and profit from the exchange with fellow writers and mutual text feedback. In addition, we will develop individual strategies to avoid writer´s block and to optimize the writing process.

Course aims: 
  • Participants know strategies for planning and structuring a scientific manuscript.
  • Participants are able to identify structure and style conventions in scientific publications and know strategies to apply them to their own texts.
  • Participants know how to optimize their individual writing skills and how to avoid writer`s block.
  • Participants know criteria for successful publishing.
  • Participants know strategies to set up a writing routine in their everyday life and thereby make regular progress with their personal writing projects.
Teaching methods: 

Presentations of theoretical background, writing exercises, group exercises, self-reflection, setting and controlling goals of ongoing writing projects

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

During the doctorate | at the end of the doctorate

Participation requirements: 

This 4-week online workshop addresses doctoral candidates who are currently starting, or are currently within a writing project. Participants will benefit most from the workshop, if they are able to take some time for writing in between the online sessions.

Technical requirements: 

Stable Internet connection, access to Zoom, camera, microphone.

Course preparation: 


Additional information: 

4 weeks/ approx. 3h 30min per week

  • Tuesdays: 09.00 – 12.00: Theoretical input sessions, exercises and discussion
  • Fridays: 09.00 – 10.30: Q&A Session: 3 slots à 30 minutes/4 participants each
  • Week 4: Friday,: 09.00 – 11.00 Final session with all participantsface to face in Garching
  • Plus kick-off session on Monday before workshop start: 09.00 - 10.30


4 Units / 1 Unit per week
1. Efficient planning and structuring of scientific texts
2. Getting started: writing drafts and overcoming writer`s block
3. Revision of scientific texts / Scientific style convention
4. Feedback / Publishing process

What participants say about this course: 
  • Großer Benefit des Kurses: Die zeitliche Verteilung über mehrere Wochen, man hatte zwischendurch die Gelegenheit auszuprobieren und nochmal darüber zu sprechen.
  • This is a very good course, with a wide variety of writing methods, very hands-on and practical. It finally motivated me because it allowed me to intensively work with my own text and because Kerstin provided great support throughout the first, difficult steps. I am happy I overcame the "writing block".
  • Learning writing techniques "sustainably", as in, we got a lot of very transferrable information and guidelines and will be able to implement them now and in the future.
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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60 Euro
Dr. Kerstin Minnich

Dr. Kerstin Minnich is a biologist who obtained her doctoral title at the Ulm University, followed by a postdoctoral research period at the Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jena. In 2016, she founded SCIENCE WRITING and since then works as an editor, writing coach and workshop trainer for scientific writing with students, doctoral candidates and postdocs in life sciences.