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Sharpening your research question: once the question is sharp, you’re half way there - A Flow Writing Day

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Work and management techniques | Writing

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During longer writing processes for a thesis or other bigger academic text projects, we may get lost in loads of data and background knowledge. Also, what we originally wanted to find out may change in the process.

If this applies to you or you would like to get a fresh look on what your research is about, we invite you to come back to what makes you curious about your topic. Let‘s sharpen your research question in only a few hours and find again a clearer focus on our work on our first day in this course – and then continue the next day with a Flow Writing Session to put this new approach right into practice and decent text output.


You feel more reassured about your research and its outcome. Generating (once more) your research question(s) makes it easier to handle your topic and allows for a crystal clear writing approach.


This course covers several techniques and questions that assist in reflecting on your research and narrowing down your research question(s)..


We work with brainstorming techniques, coaching questions, self-reflection, peer group discussion for the first half day. On the Flow Writing Day we use a productive blend of coaching elements, activating breaks, and of course, ample time for writing. Max. number of participants: 12.


You may bring a text that is at any stage and write in any language. It has proven to be of value to double-check your research question(s) even if you already have a solid one.

Thu, 27.08.2020, 9:00am-12:30am
Fri, 28.08.2020, 9:00am-5:00pm
11,5 hours, 15 working units á 45 min
Participants receive login data by email prior the course.
Videoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
Ingrid Scherübl
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FFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
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Requirements for participation
You should have a knowledge of English at B2 level minimum.
Participants please keep a laptop with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready. Participants should have
Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
Applicable for certificate Science Communication.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact .

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Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

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