Writing Fellow Training at Life Sciences Zurich

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28 Sept 2022, 08:30–11:45, on-site
5 Oct 2022, 08:30–11:45, online

26 Oct 2022, 08:30–11:45, online

9 Nov 2022, 08:30–11:45, online

23 Nov 2022, 08:30–11:45, online;

Refresher, Wed 24 May 2023, 08:30–11:45, on-site

Aim & Content    

This course is designed for PhD students and postdocs who wish to become Writing Fellows in the Life Sciences at UZH and ETH Zurich. Writing Fellows are enabled to coach Bachelor, Master, and PhD students in writing the scientific and technical documents required for their studies, including semester papers, course reports, and theses.

The Writing Fellow Training at Life Sciences Zurich consists of five half-day workshops, compulsory practical experience in student coaching, and a half-day refresher event. One training cycle extends over two semesters. Successful completion yields 2 ECTS for PhD students, equivalent to a workload of about 60 hours. Successful postdocs and PhD students qualify for Writing Fellow certificates. Candidates should have linguistic ability and motivation for coaching. This training is offered in collaboration with the Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich and was initiated by the Life Science Zurich Writing Lab.

Upon registration, candidates should send a short letter of motivation to Simon Milligan (1/2 A4 page at most). Candidates should state why they want to take the Writing Fellow Training, how they think the training will impact their ability to coach writing students, and what skills and abilities qualify them for the training.

Syllabus and workload:

The five half-day workshops cover essential coaching elements including how to explain language concepts, how to structure and prioritize feedback, and how to identify and address recurrent problems. These elements are introduced and trained through a combination of reading, discussion, writing, and individual and group exercises. The Writing Fellows acquire and activate skills in text analysis at the level of vocabulary, sentences, paragraphs, and sections. Writing Fellow trainees are introduced to a range of resources and strategies that help them guide students through the various stages of the writing process.

After the five workshops, Writing Fellow trainees are expected to collect practical experience in coaching writing students (minimum 10 hours). The workshops and the practical experience are followed by a refresher event that takes place seven months after the last workshop. Trainees are advised by the Writing Instructor throughout the entire period.

The workload comprises 18 hours of presence time (workshops and refresher), about 30 hours of homework, and 10 hours of compulsory coaching.

Instructor   Dr. Anna Ekert-Centowska, Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich
Location Mixed (first and last meeting on-site in Zurich, remaining meetings via Zoom. Venue to be defined.
ECTS 2.0
Contact gradschool@lifescience.uzh.ch

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