The course was organized by the Stockholm Business School (Sweden) on Zoom in February 2022.
This intensive week-long course is about the craft of academic writing. The course focuses onwriting as a social and organizational practice rather than a universal set of skills. The emphasis is on the practical and ethical choices involved in what and how we write academically, instead of the ‘one best way’ of producing text for scholarly publication. On one level, writing is the most visible of academic tasks: it is the means by which we convey our ideas in theses, books and articles. On another level, writing is the least visible of academic tasks: we do it behind closed doors, in silent dialogue with ourselves. Even if the outcome of our writing will be shared with others, the act of writing itself remains profoundly private. Writing is a source of worry and anxiety–particularly among doctoral students – precisely because we are expected to do it, and do it well, with little or no formal training. This course is designed to bring academic writing out from the shadows and into the light of day, not just by talking about writing but also by actually doing it together.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Appreciate different styles of academic writing
- Apply principles of effective writing and editing to their work
- Reflect onthe practical and ethical dimensions of academic publishing.