UiODOC Virtual Writing Seminar

For a three-day writing seminar beginning Monday 4th May, UiODOC will collaborate with Mathew Stiller-Reeve PhD (who runs writing workshops for early career scientists) to provide a virtual space for PhDs and postdocs to meet up, learn and discuss writing. This virtual space will be packed with useful activities like:

-Lectures on writing skills

-Brain warm-up exercises

-Shut-up-and-write sessions

-Small discussion group meetings

PLEASE SIGN UP BY FRIDAY NOON so we can mail the link :): sign up

All activities will take place on Zoom so please make sure you’ve signed up to the free version (at least).

The whole point of this virtual writing retreat is to improve your writing skills, and to socialize and motivate each other. Above all, we want to create a constructive and interactive space for everyone to enjoy whilst working from the home office.

We will begin with some lectures on basic writing skills. These skills are very important to our academic writing! We will continue the virtual writing retreat with new exercises for you to discuss together in the brain warm-up sessions including smaller online discussion groups. We will also have two “shut-up-and-write” sessions for 2 hours and then get together to discuss progress.

Like with any writing retreat, participants will have time to work on their own texts/articles/essays. Hopefully you are working on or planning something that you can bring to the retreat. If you are not writing anything specific, don’t worry! Mathew will work with you to make sure that you can also get something from the writing retreat.

The schedule:

Monday May 4th    

0900-1100:   Welcome, active voice and cutting the clutter.


1300-1430:   Lecture and discussion on structure + flow

Tuesday May 5th  

0900-0945:   Warm-up exercises

0945-1145:   Shut-up-and-write session

1145-1230:   Feedback discussion


1330-1430:   Individual group meetings

Wednesday May 6th      

0900-1000:   "Master academic storytelling with three magic words".

Bring a pen, a blank piece of paper, and coffee to this interactive writing workshop with science writer Åsmund H. Eikenes.

Thursday May 7th 

Writing day

Friday May 8th  

0900-0945:   Warm-up exercises

0945-1145:   Shut-up-and-write session

1145-1230:   Feedback discussion


1330-1500:   Individual group meetings and evaluation discussion


Postdocs are very welcome to attend :)

This is a new concept for UiODOC and we would like to develop it with your ideas and needs in mind. So, please share your thoughts with us as this project progresses.

The instructor

Mathew Stiller-Reeve has a PhD in Meteorology and has published several peer-reviewed articles on the monsoon as well as interdisciplinary and communication issues. He founded the SciSnack writing group community in 2012 and helped start several writing groups around the world. He and 12 international co-authors published their collaborative writing process in 2016, and since then it has been used by summer schools and communication initiatives around the world. Recently, he has become a Thematic Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and has developed a peer-review process that he recently published on Nature.com. He has held writing seminars and courses over the past 4 years, both in Norway and internationally. Mathew emphasizes how we apply basic writing skills to our academic writing, and not least, how we can improve our writing together!


If you have any questions, queries or suggestions, then do not hesitate to get in touch with Mathew or UiODoc:

Mathew: mathew@stillerreeve.no, +47 99532473

UiODoc: info@uiodoc.no



Published Apr. 27, 2020 12:47 PM - Last modified Apr. 28, 2020 6:14 PM