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Writing Center

Writing Center at FHWien der WKW

The Writing Center primarily supports students in writing their academic theses (Bachelor & Master). Workshops and writing consultations, which we offer, awaken the desire to write and promote the ability to write good and solid texts.

The Writing Center is a project funded by the City of Vienna (MA23) and as a cross-disciplines institution, it is part of the Teaching & Learning Center. In addition to support for students, the Writing Centre also offers further education for instructors and, by organising international conferences, also provides a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of teaching writing.

The services of the Writing Center are free of charge to all students and instructors of FHWien der WKW.

Services for Students: Workshops & Writing Consultations

Katrin Miglar

Workshops

The Writing Center offers workshops in academic, professional and creative writing throughout the whole year. The workshops (offered in German and English) are practice oriented and what is learned can be put into practice right away. The workshops are held by staff who work at the Writing Center, as well as external writing professionals.

External writing professionals in the summer semester 2021 are:

 

Writing Consultations

A writing consultation is an individual one-on-one consultation in which your individual work and all questions and challenges during your writing process can be discussed. If you need individual advice on your writing project or feedback on a text, please arrange an appointment with us.

In a writing consultation, all aspects of the writing process can be taken up, e.g.:

  • Finding a topic
  • Developing a research question
  • Narrowing down a topic
  • Outline, structure and organisation
  • Argumentation
  • Scientific language
  • Citation
  • Help with text revision
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Getting over writer’s block

However, we do not offer text editing or proofreading services, but we provide you with the tools to revise your text yourself.

Writing consultations are possible at any time on request – both individual appointments and follow-up appointments to accompany you for a longer period of time. Consultations are possible in German or English language. For all students who are currently on a semester abroad or cannot visit FHWien der WKW, there is the possibility of taking a writing consultation online via Zoom.

In order to arrange a meeting, we ask you to register in advance by e-mail, including a brief description of your request, so that we can prepare for the appointment with you.

Please register at: schreibzentrum@fh-wien.ac.at

Services for Teaching Staff: Further Training

*Further training and workshops for teaching staff are currently available only in German.*

In both winter and summer semester, the Writing Center offers workshops for instructors to integrate writing into the teaching of their subject and thus to promote and develop the writing skills of their students.

NEW! In the summer semester 2021, the further education series “Supervising and Accompanying Writing” will be offered for the third time to FHWien der WKW lecturers (only in German).

The continuing education program is specially designed for lecturers and supervisors of scientific papers. Such a continuing education program is unique in the Austrian university landscape.

The continuing education program consists of 4 modules and will be offered as an e-learning program in the 2021 summer semester. It combines live online workshops (synchronous) and distance learning phases (asynchronous).

The focus of the respective modules is on: Writing as a tool for thinking, writing as a teaching method, instructing writing as well as feedback on writing and on texts.

The goals of the training are:

  • Developing writing methods for teaching in the field (“method case”)
  • Creation of writing tasks for the classroom
  • Feedback tools to motivate and encourage students, but also to stimulate critical thinking
  • Reflection of the own (writing didactic) teaching experience

A certificate is issued after the successful completion of the module series. For further information on the continuing education series, please contact: schreibzentrum@fh-wien.ac.at.

Events & News

Academic Writing: Teaching, Research & Networking

The Writing Center at FHWien der WKW was founded in 2012 and is supported by the City of Vienna (MA 23). The Writing Center is the second academic writing center in Austria after the Writing Center (SchreibCenter) at the University of Klagenfurt and is at the same time the first writing center at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences. It is based on the long tradition of university Writing Centers in the USA and on role models in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

As a Writing Center, we are guided by the current state of writing research and the teaching of writing. We understand writing not as something that one can or cannot do, but as a process (Kruse 2007). This process consists of several steps such as planning & organising, researching, writing a draft, revising and proofreading.

Schreibprozessmodell nach Kruse

Writing process model by Kruse (2007: 112)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This process can be planned, but it can also be accompanied in many ways, such as in our workshops and writing consultations. However, the student remains the experts of his/her text and topic.

Conferences

The annual conference serves as a platform to exchange and share knowledge and experience in the field of academic writing. It targets teaching staff from universities, universities of applied sciences and institutions who instruct students in academic writing as well as independent writing trainers, advisors and everyone interested in the art of teaching academic writing.

The conference offers a great opportunity for networking and exchange within the German-speaking and international teaching and research landscape.

Previous conferences

Publications & Presentations

Publications of the Writing Center: Relevant and journalistic contributions

Schwaiger, S. (2020, September). Contra. Emojis im Beruf? Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 03, S. 30.

Miglar, K. (2019). Ambivalent und widersprüchlich. Ein Essay zum Ich als Ort des Schreibens. Medienimpulse. 57 (4). Verfügbar unter: https://journals.univie.ac.at/index.php/mp/article/view/3258/2921

Fenzl, R. & Miglar, K. (2019). Die Humphrey-Bogart-Methode – Fragen als Schlüssel zum Text. In C. Wymann (Hrsg.), Praxishandbuch Schreibdidaktik. Übungen zur Vermittlung wissenschaftlicher Schreibkompetenzen (S. 70–73). Stuttgart: UTB.

Schwaiger, S. (2019, Juni). Inspirierende Schreiborte. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 02, S. 26-27.

Miglar, K. (2018, Dezember). Suche nach dem perfekten Schreibtisch. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 04, S. 24–25.

Miljković, N., Merten, R., Fenzl, R. & Miglar, K. (2017). Erfolg in Studium und Karriere – Fit durch Selbstcoaching. Opladen & Toronto: Barbara Budrich (UTB).

Fenzl, R. & Miglar, K. (2016). Schreibberatung zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis. Ein Erfahrungsbericht des Schreibzentrums der Fachhochschule Wien der Wiener Wirtschaftskammer (FHWien der WKW). In S. Tschirpke, N. Peters, F. Liebetanz, D. Kreitz, S. Dieter & L. Dalessandro (Hrsg.), JoSch – Journal für Schreibberatung, 11/Juni, 39–45. DOI: 10.3278/JOS1601W039

Fenzl, R. & Miglar, K. (2015). Plagiatsprävention als Herausforderung für die Schreibdidaktik. Ein Erfahrungsbericht aus dem Schreibzentrum der FHWien, der Fachhochschule der Wiener Wirtschaftskammer (WKW). GMS Med Bibl Inf., 15(1-2). Verfügbar unter: [SS|FdW3] doi: 10.3205/mbi000335

Miglar, K. (2015). Student Writing Across Culture – German as an Academic Language. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 8(7), 509–514. Verfügbar unter: http://universitypublications.net/ijas/0807/html/V5NA340.xml

Radio interviews

Silke Schwaiger in conversation with Michel Mehle from Radio NJOY. No fear of the blank page (Radio NJOY, Campus-Leben, September 16, 2020). You can listen to the conversation (in German) here.

Silke Schwaiger talks with Michel Mehle of Radio NJOY. The Writing Center accompanies students who are currently writing their final thesis during the coronavirus crisis with the initiative “Spring Writing Challenge”. (Radio NJOY, Campus-Leben, March 25, 2020).

Katrin Miglar and Silke Schwaiger talk with Michel Mehle of Radio NJOY about their work at the Writing Center and current projects. Listen to the interview (Radio NJOY, Campus-Leben, April 10, 2019) here (from minute 12:00): https://soundcloud.com/radio-njoy-91-3/campus-leben-lehrgang-sportreporterin-und-hilfe-bei-der-abschlussarbeit?in=radio-njoy-91-3/sets/campus-leben

Miljković, Natascha/Merten, René/Fenzl, Regina/Miglar, Katrin (2017, Hrsg): Erfolg in Studium und Karriere – Fit durch Selbstcoaching. UTB Barbara Budrich. Nähere Infos unter: http://www.utb-shop.de/autoren/miljkovic-natascha/erfolg-in-studium-und-karriere-fit-durch-selbstcoaching-9428.html

On Radio NJOY you can listen to an interview about the new book. The authors speak about excercices and tips as well as challenges. Click here: http://wien.njoyradio.at/brandneues-buch-fit-durch-selbstcoaching/.

Presentations

Schwaiger, S. (2019, November). Sommer-Schreib-Challenge: Begleitung individueller Schreibprojekte durch Blended Learning. Pecha Kucha Präsentation an der Tagung „Vielfalt und Diversität im Schreiben. Schreibprozesse individuell begleiten“ an der FHWien der WKW, Wien, Österreich.

Fenzl, R. (2015, März). Kann man schreiben unterrichten? Beiträge des Schreibzentrums der FHWien der WKW zur Professionalisierung des Schreibverhaltens an der FHWien der WKW. Vortrag an der Tagung „Best Practices in der Lehre und Betreuung von wissenschaftlichem Arbeiten“ an der FHWien der WKW, Wien, Österreich.

Fenzl, R. (2014, März). Das Schreibzentrum der FHWien der WKW. Vortrag an der Tagung „Schlüsselqualifikation Schreiben – Qualitätsstandards an österreichischen Fachhochschulen“ an der FHWien der WKW, Wien, Österreich.

Lang, V. (2013, Juni). Das Schreibzentrum der FHWien der WKW. Vortrag beim „Dialog Immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung“ an der Wirtschaftsuniversität, Wien, Österreich.

Press

Robausch, M. (2020, März). „Die Lust am Schreiben befeuern“. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 01, S. 20-21.

Kapeller, R. (2014, September). Ein Kompass in der Textlandschaft. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 03, S. 28–29.

Rabl, G. & Mathis, D. (2013, 6. Juli). Zwischen bummeln und Burn-out. Die Presse.

Woska-Nimmervoll, E. (2013, Juni). Schreiben von A bis Z. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 02, S. 16–17.

Madner, M. (2013, 14. April). Schreiben verliert seinen Schrecken. Der Standard, S. F12.

Woska-Nimmervoll, E. (2013, April). Männer sind mitgemeint. Studio! Das Magazin für Management & Kommunikation der FHWien der WKW, Heft 01, S. 23–25.

Team

Mag.a Dr.in Silke Schwaiger

Mag.a Dr.in Silke Schwaiger

Project Leader Writing Center

Mag.a Teresa Baier

Writing Center

Invoice Address & Post Address

FHW Fachhochschul-Studiengänge Betriebs- und
Forschungseinrichtungen der Wiener Wirtschaft GmbH

Schreibzentrum/Didaktikzentrum
Währinger Gürtel 97
1180 Wien
Österreich