SEC PhD Student Writing Bootcamp (31 May–2 June, 2022)

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It is a common saying that writing is 90% procrastination and 30% panic (and perhaps 20% being bad at maths). The purpose of the SEC PhD Student Writing Bootcamp is to move beyond this view by learning about methods for more productive writing.



Most PhD students say that their most important challenges when writing is getting started and staying productive. Still, most writing instruction focuses on technical aspects of writing, such as structuring a text, handling references, and developing academic style. For this reason, our Bootcamp will focus on methods for efficient and productive writing.



The Bootcamp consists of a mix of instruction, discussion and actual writing. Afterward, you will probably find that you not only developed your writing skills but also got a lot of writing done! For this reason, participants should bring a text to work with. It could be a part of a research paper in the making, a thesis, a project application, or simply a plan for the next steps of your research. It can be a text at any level of preparation – the main purpose is to have something to work with during the writing sessions.

For a preliminary schedule, see further down.


You will learn about:

  • How to avoid procrastination when writing
  • How to maintain your focus
  • How to structure an efficient writing process
  • How to give and take feedback
  • Free-writing
  • Writing snacks
  • Useful exercises for body and mind


Practical information


Registration is now open.


A number of participants:

We can accommodate 32 participants. Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cost for the course:

Free of charge.


Book your travel:

Travel costs are to be booked and covered by the participants.


Book your accommodation:

Accommodation costs are to be booked and covered by the participants.

Recommended hotel is Elite Hotel Ideon on Scheelevägen 27, Lund.

Please click the link to book a room with discount included: Sec Bootcamp

Rooms are available for booking up to 4 weeks before arrival.
If you wish to book after that, you can contact the hotel by email or phone directly on the booking for availability.

For cancellation of the room, please contact the hotel booking no later than 14:00 on the day of arrival.


When and where is the course?

The Bootcamp will take place in Lund between 31 May and 2 June 2022.


Examination and course credits:

Examination based on attendance and homework. Passing the course requires attendance to the course AND fulfilling the assignment described below. Proposed credits are 3 hp. NB! To apply for these credits within your Ph.D. course curriculum you need approval from your examiner.

  • Read these articles:
  1. Gardiner, M. & Kearns, H. (2012), The ABCDE of Writing: Coaching high-quality high-quantity writing, International Coaching Psychology Review, Vol. 7 No 2, (opens in firefox)
  2. Michelle Maher , Amber Fallucca & Helen Mulhern Halasz (2013) Write On! Through to the Ph.D.: using writing groups to facilitate doctoral degree progress, Studies in Continuing Education, 35:2, 193-208, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2012.736381 To
  • Participate in the full Writing Boot Camp
  • Make a plan for your writing the following month on day 3 of the Writing Boot Camp
  • One month after the course, write a one-page reflection on your writing process before, during and after the Boot Camp and hand it into the course leader


Questions? Contact:

SEC and administration related questions:

Course content-related questions: Öivind Andersson at



Preliminary schedule:

Day 1
13-17:30 Introduction

Negative writing behaviors

Writing exercise


How to stay focused

Walk & Talk

Writing exercise

18:30 DINNER
Day 2
9-12 Improving your writing through feedback

Group discussion

Introduction to the writing process


Writing exercise

Three-step drafting

Writing exercise

12-13 LUNCH
13-18 Improving your writing through feedback, continued

Light physical exercise (bring suitable workout clothes)


Practical tools for structuring your text

Writing exercise

Author visit

18:30 DINNER
Day 3


Improving your text — revision

Writing exercise



12-13 LUNCH


When: 31 May,13:00 - 2 June,13:00
Questions: Please email
Registration: Please register before May 13, 2022 23:55