Writing Camp

Theoretical & Practical Approaches

What can we learn from three writing traditions?
What do we need to write a good academic text?
What is writing block and how can you handle it?
How can we give constructive feedback?

17 – 18 March 2021
Digital Meeting Place – Zoom


As academics we are expected to publish and write good academic texts in order to communicate our research to the world, however, writing can be difficult! Join our writing camp to learn more about how to become a better academic writer. The camp is offered by the EU funded SEIS project (partners: University of Tallinn, Tampere University & University of Bergen) and is open to PhD candidates.


Practical Information

The Writing Camp takes both a theoretical and a practical approach to writing*. Thus, it comprises short mini-lectures combined with individual writing exercises and discussions in break-out groups and in plenum. Participants will bring their own texts (see Preparation) that will be used in the exercises. During the camp you are expected to both give and receive feedback — in a friendly environment!

*Some of the content is based on material developed by Professor Emeritus Olga Dysthe

Lecturer & Moderator

Dr. Ingunn Johanne Ness
is Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen. Her research focuses on interdisciplinarity, innovation & creativity in both education and work. She has a particular interest for dialogic pedagogy and her research is anchored in sociocultural theoretical traditions. Recent Publications: Behind the Scenes: How to research creativity in multidisciplinary groups (2019) & Polyfoni og kreative kunnskapsprosesser i klasserommet (2020).


Prepare TWO texts that will be shared with other participants:

  1. A short abstract (for instance for an article or book chapter). Max 300 words.
  2. A short text that you are working on right now. It may be a preliminary sketch or a first draft of one part of an article (Introduction, Methods and materials, Results, Discussion), or something similar. Choose max 3 pages of the text**.

**NB! Remember the preliminary title of your article. Include a few lines of introduction to the text that contextualizes it for the reader such as: What section of your article is this taken from? What is the purpose of this particular text? What problems/difficulties do you see in the text, if any? What is most important for you to get feedback on?

Directions for Submission

Please upload your texts in the respective folder (Abstracts or 3-pages Texts) in this Google Drive. You will need to be logged in with a Google account.

Name your files LastName_Type, e.g., Ness_Abstract. To upload your file, “drop” it in the folder, or click on“New” on the left-hand side toolbar within the folder.

Please submit your material by Monday, March 15

‍Visiting Address:

Vektergården, Christiesgate 13, 3rd floor

Postal Address:

University of Bergen
PO Box 7807
N-5020 Bergen, Norway