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2-Day Intensive Academic Writing Skills Course

2-day intensive academic writing skills course with NORBIS

UPDATE: The registration is closed.

Time: 26th-27th May, 2021

Location: Digital

Course instructor: Mathew Stiller-Reeve

Registration deadline: 1st May, 2021

Registration link: Registration is closed.

Please note that NORBIS has expenses and if you are uncertain about joining, please don’t register just to withdraw a few days in advance. If you have any questions please email: contact-norbis@uib.no




Join us for this intensive, active, and fun 2-day course on basic academic writing skills led by Mathew Stiller-Reeve. Mathew will introduce you to the basics of (academic) writing, and also the typical structure of an academic article.


The course will be a mix of lectures and group activities. It is aimed at those just starting their PhD’s or those who have simply never received any academic writing training.


The course will last from 0900-1600 each day. The general content for the two days is as follows:


DAY 1: Cutting clutter. Active/passive voice. Structure & planning.

Day 2:  Introduction section. Methods section. Results section. Discussion section. Title & Abstracts.


A more specific program will be distributed before the course starts.


Once you have completed this course, you will know what to keep in mind when you start planning your own articles and research texts. Later in the year, NORBIS hopes to organize a new writing retreat where you will be able to work on your own texts and interact with others doing the same.



About 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. Mathew is also 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. In these courses, Mathew puts emphasis on how we apply basic writing skills to our academic writing, and not least, how we can improve our writing together!