Recap session 1 – the kick-off meeting

Yesterday we had our first session of the writer’s workshop. It was great seeing you all and we are really looking forward to work with you during the semester.

So here is a short recap of yesterday’s class:

We gave you a short introduction on the mechanics of the course and talked about what you can expect from attending. Our slides with all the information can be found here.

We introduced you to this blog which will be our central workplace for the seminar. We are really curious what you are going to post, comment and share here. I also wrote a little about the blog and its purpose in my welcome post.

The take home messages from our postcard game have been the following:

  1. If you write something you paint a picture in the head of your readers. This picture might look very different than you had intended. It’s important to pick the main aspects of the subject you are talking or writing about. Less important things could should be left out for the sake of clarity and focus.
  2. If you tell too many details about one aspect, maybe just because you know so much about it and want to tell the world, you put this very aspect in the focus of attention. Our brains are wired like that – lots of details and information = this thing is super important. Balance between details and the big picture is very important. We will talk about how we can achieve this balance.

Is there anything missing? Did you take something else away from our first session? Do you have any questions? Let us know and comment below!

But wait, there is more! The …


  1. Write a very short version (max. 2 pages or 600-800 words ) of your Bachelor’s thesis (including headings).
  2. Write a text about the writing process of your bachelor’s thesis. What did you like about it? What where the difficulties? Are you satisfied with the result? Why or why not?

The deadline for the submission of your homework is Thursday April 14 2016.

See you next week and keep on writing!

Hello writers!

Hello and welcome to the “Writer’s Workshop – Scientific Writing for Computer Science”. This is already the 7th edition of the Writer’s Workshop at the FIN but — drum roll please — the first english edition. On popular demand we will not only read and write in English as we have done it in former editions of this course. But we will also speak english in class. This is really exciting and I think we will have a lot of fun together.

Don’t be afraid, we are all in the same boat. None of us is a native speaker and that again makes things easier. We will all fish for words and phrases and we will help each other out. In the last semesters we achieved a really relaxed and fun environment to work in and I am pretty sure this will happen  this this semester, too.

This blog will be our central writing hub for this course. Use it as your creative playground, write whatever you like, post links, pictures, thoughts, videos*. It is also the place to write your homework assignments or ask questions about last class. This is your personal space to juggle with  words, play with sentences and throw around ideas.

One main feature of a blog are comments. You can post comments to all the posts and we want to encourage you to use this feature extensively. Reading is essential for your own writing skills. So read the posts! Giving and receiving feedback is essential for the development of your writing. So comment! We hope that by using this blog we will reduce the fear of the blank screen (or blank page for that matter) and help you build a daily writing routine. Writing every day will help you  facing the writing challenges which might wait for you during your studies.

This semester we will have support by two tutors: Josi and Sebastian. They are writing tutors and they will help you with your homework and all things reading and writing. After the first session we will assign a tutor to each student to work with during the semester.

We hope for lively discussions — online and offline — and are curious for your texts, images, comics, links and other findings.

Looking forward for a great semester!


P.S: Please bring pen and paper to class. You might need it 😉


*I don’t think I need to stress that content which is against the law, misanthropic, pornographic or in any other way unsuitable for a university course will be deleted without warning and we will have a short talk.