Write up your manuscript quickly & effectively

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Write Up Your Paper is an intense practical course that helps you prepare, write and revise a complete research article manuscript in 10 weeks and get it ready for publication. Whether you are an inexperienced PhD student going to write your first research article or a seasoned scientist frustrated with writing, there is no need to suffer and waste weeks and months in disorganized activities.

The course is ideal for you if your research belongs to

  • life sciences
  • natural sciences
  • the quantitative branch of social sciences

Write the first draft of your paper in one or two weeks
(as dozens of researchers have done before you)

Before the covid pandemics, we have been conducting this course at diverse research institutions in Germany, with a week-long on-site drafting phase and online prepraration and revision phases.

PhD students, PostDocs and even professors have participated in these courses. Those participants who had prepared well were indeed able to write up their whole manuscript of 5-10 pages in just 5 days!

Here is some of their feedback after the intense drafting week:

I learned SO MUCH! Now I know how to get organized and write a manuscript in a short time.PhD student

I strongly advice other colleagues to join the course. I saw myself doing within 5 days things that I would have never been able to do within a month!PhD student

I took home that there are so many helpful things that could be implemented within the department / groups like more structured revising / correcting of papers, regular peer feedback rounds or writing sessions.research group leader

What the 10-week course Write Up Your Paper provides

    videos, texts & checklists with all the relevant information from how to create a research article’s storyline and select a journal to effective communication with co-authors and detailed instruction for step-by-step revision

    guidance in structuring the whole writing process to get organized and achieve optimal writing productivity

    opportunity to ask questions and get help with individual issues in regular Q&A rounds (weekly in the preparation & revision phase, daily during the two weeks of drafting)

    facilitation of peer support among the participants for additional motivation, support and reciprocal text feedback

    two moderated peer-feedback sessions to learn & practice effective text feedback

    individual trainer support through one-on-one consultations and feedback on the whole manuscript contained in the individual support package

Choose a course variant according to your needs

Group support package

    ⭐ access all course materials

    ⭐ get support in live Q&A sessions

    ⭐ practice peer feedback in moderated sessions


Individual support package

⭐ everything included in the group support package

⭐ individual trainer support in five one-on-one consultations:

    ✨ one consultation during the preparatory phase (60min)

    ✨ three consultations during the drafting phase (3x 30min)

    ✨ one consultation with feedback on the whole manuscript in the revision phase (60min)

Meet your trainers

Dr. Martina Michalikova is a biologist and computational neuroscientist who obtained her doctoral title in 2016 from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

During her PostDoc period she has acquired further qualification as a writing consultant specializing in scientific writing in English as a second language.

Since 2017, she has been working as a freelance trainer in scientific writing & publishing, giving workshops, leading writing groups, and providing individual writing support as a coach & consultant.

Dr. Kerstin Minnich is a biologist who obtained her doctoral title in Human Biology at the Ulm University Hospital, followed by a postdoctoral research period at the Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jena in the fields of endocrinology, immunology and cancer biology.

In 2016, she founded the editing service LIFE SCIENCE WRITING. Additionally, she completed a writing consultant training at the University of Education Freiburg.

Besides editing scientific texts, she is now working as an individual writing coach and giving workshops on scientific writing for students, PhD candidates and postdocs in life sciences.

Course structure & contents

I. Preparation (4 weeks)

Jan 18 — Feb 12, 2021

In the first phase you will prepare everything for effective & quick write-up.
You will be guided to

  • select & finalize figures and tables
  • create a storyline
  • select a journal
  • write a preliminary Abstract
  • learn how to structure each section
  • learn how to approach the writing efficiently
  • get support in weekly Q&A sessions

II. Drafting (2 weeks)

Feb 15 — 26, 2021

In the second phase, you’ll write the first draft of your manuscript.
This part runs in daily 4-hour live online sessions, which contain:

  • warm up session with freewriting and goal setting
  • coffee break that can be used for quick questions
  • Q&A session at the end

Daily schedule (in Central European Time, UTC+1):

08:45 — 09:00   Warm up
09:00 — 10:30   Writing
10:30 — 11:00   Coffee break
11:00 — 12:30   Writing
12:30 — 13:00   Q&A


III. Revision (4 weeks)

March 1 — 26, 2021

In the third phase you’ll revise your manuscript and get it ready to submit.
You will be supported by

  • detailed step-by-step revision instructions including practical checklists
  • weekly Q&A sessions
  • two moderated peer feedback sessions
  • information on the publication processes (peer review, writing a cover letter, responding to reviewer comments)

IV. Bonus

As a bonus, you’ll get

  • video on how to make great figures
  • two additional Q&A sessions 1 & 2 months after the course for support with publication processes


Frequently asked questions

Booking & access

Q1: I would like to ask my unversity/Phd program to cover the course fee. Can you provide a summarizing information to show to the administrators?

Yes, you can find a pdf with course overview here.

Q2: Can I get an invoice addressed to my university?

Yes: When you are booking the course, you can choose the option “I am ordering as company” and then enter the address of your university (you will need to provide the VAT number of your university as well — this is usually published online on the website of the university). Then you will get an invoice that is addressed to your university. Should anything not look like you need it to be, please let us know and we will fix it: info@writingscientist.com.

Q3: What are the payment options?

You can pay via PayPal, credit card, bank transfer (called “bank wire” here) or, if you are located in EU, via SEPA Direct Debit from your bank account.

Q4: What if I don’t like the course? Can I withdraw and get my money back?

Yes, you can cancel your booking within 14 days and your money will be refunded. No questions asked.

Q5: What if I need longer than 10 weeks for my manuscript? How long can I access the course contents?

The live Q&A sessions stop after 10 weeks, but the participant retain access to all course materials as well as the course facebook group for at least the next 2 years.

Q&A sessions

Q6: When do the live Q&A sessions take place?

The Q&A sessions during preparatory & revision phase take place Fridays:

  • on Jan 22, Feb 5, March 12 and March 26 at 3 PM (UTC+1) with Martina
  • on Jan 29, Feb 12, March 5 and March 19 at 10 AM (UTC+1) with Kerstin

Q7: What is the duration of the Q&A sessions?

The Q&A sessions will last as long as it is needed to answer all participants questions.

Q8: What if I can’t attend the live Q&A sessions?

All Q&A sessions will be recorded. You can submit your questions prior to the live sessions and then watch the answer in the recording. Recorded Q&A sessions will be annotated with timestamps for each question, so that you can quickly find the answer to your question.

Moderated peer-feedback sessions

Q9: When do the moderated peer feedback sessions take place?

The two moderated peer-feedback sessions will be scheduled between March 8-19 according to participants’ preferences.

Q10: What if I can’t attend the moderated peer-feedback sessions?

You can later watch the recorded peer-feedback sessions and practice on your own with peers from the course.


Q9: What if I can’t attend the live drafting sessions?

If the times of the drafting sessions don’t suit you, then you can write at different times: either on your own or together with other course participants who prefer the same times as you.

Q10: Will I get a certificate so that this course can be acknowledged for my (PhD) studies?

Yes, you can get a course certificate outlining the course contents.

Q11: Will there be a confidentiality agreement regarding the data and manuscript drafts that will be shared and discussed during the course?

Yes, all participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the data, other research results, research article manuscript and its parts that have not been (yet) published in a peer-reviewed research journal.

Q12: Is this course for me if I have problems with the English language?

This course does not provide materials for improving the English language but it does tackle the issue of how to write effectively if English is not your mother tongue.

Q13: Do you offer any discount for participants from developing countries?

Unfortunately, such discounts are not possible at the moment.

Q14: Will there be also a course for writing review papers?

No, such a course is not planned at the moment.