POSTPONED to 2022! SEC PhD Writing Bootcamp

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— This course is postponed until spring/summer 2022 —

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 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. Afterwards, 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
  • Freewriting
  • Writing snacks
  • Useful exercises for body and mind


Practical information


Will open spring 2022.


Number of participants:

We can accommodate 32 participants. Registration is done on a first come, first served basis. If there are less than 10 registrations, the course will be postponed.


Cost for the course:

To be updated during the spring of 2022.


Book your travel:

Travel costs are to be covered by the participants.


Book your accommodation:

The hotel and prices will be updated during the spring 2022.


When and where is the course?

The Bootcamp will take place during late spring / early summer of 2022 in Lund.


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 these credits within your PhD course curriculum you need an 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 at 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 in to 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




When: 31 May,11:30 - 2 June,17:00
Questions: Please email