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Writing Center

Writing Center at FHWien der WKW

The Writing Center is a project funded by the City of Vienna (MA23) and is a multidisciplinary institution, which is part of the Teaching & Learning Center.

We deal with all kinds of questions related to academic writing and accompany the individual writing process.

In addition to supporting students, the Writing Center offers training for lecturers and, by organizing international conferences, also provides a platform for the exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of teaching writing.

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

Services for Students

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 for the winter semester 2021/22 are:

  • Irene Beckmann, BA MA
  • Mag.a Christina Hollosi-Boiger, BA
  • Marcela Hubert, BA
  • Mag. Christoph Pachucki
  • Mag.a Elke Rajal
  • Mag.a Christine Steindorfer MAS

 

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 discussed, e.g.:

  • Finding a topic
  • Doing research
  • Narrowing down a topic
  • Outline and structure
  • Argumentation
  • Scientific/academic language
  • Citing and paraphrasing
  • Help with text revision
  • Feedback on part of your text
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Getting over writer’s block

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. At the moment, all consultations will be held 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

What we cannot offer: We cannot help you with the content of your text or give feedback on empirical research methods. You are the expert on your paper! We also do not offer text editing or proofreading services, but we provide you with the tools to revise your text yourself.

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Virtual Writing Meetups

In line with the motto, “together instead of alone” we meet in a virtual writing room and everyone works individually but in company of other writers on their writing project.

What does a virtual writing meetup look like?

At first, everyone sets their individual goal for the meetup. Then we start with a short (creative) writing exercise, which kicks off the writing. Then follow 90 minutes of free, focused writing time, during which everyone works on their own project. To finish off, we reflect on our progress and future steps.

Who can take part?

The event is free of charge for all students at FHWien der WKW. It is important that you have 120 minutes in which you can work on your writing project in a concentrated working atmosphere.

When are the next meetups?

The next dates for the virtual writing meetups in the winter semester 2021/22 are on the following Wednesdays and Thursdays:

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 7 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, November 4,  2021 | 7 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 7 – 9 pm
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 7 – 9 pm

Where can I register?

You can register for the virtual writing meetup on our Moodle course. Note: You are not obligated to come to all the meetups. It is also possible to take part in individual sessions.

Online Resources

The Moodle course How to Write a Thesis – The Academic Writing Guide was created by the Writing Center and the Library and contains resources for academic writing at FHWien der WKW:

  • Referencing guides with examples, FAQs about the topic of citation, a user guide for Citavi
  • Guideline for gender-inclusive language
  • Academic writing guides (helpful phrases, E-book KOLEWIS)
  • Templates for BA and MA theses, information on the plagiarism software as well as on printing and binding theses

The resources are updated regularly.

Services for Teaching Staff: Further Training

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

The Writing Center offers further training for instructors to integrate writing into the teaching of their subject and thus to promote and develop the writing skills of their students.

In the summer semester of 2021, the further education series “Supervising and Accompanying Writing” for lecturers at FHWien der WKW took place for the third time.

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 and was conducted in the summer semester 2021 as an e-learning program (live online workshops and asynchronous distance learning phases).

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 & Events

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 events

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

Tobias Schwarzbauer, Silke Schwaiger and Teresa Baier in conversation with Michel Mehle from Radio Radieschen. Master of Google: The competition of online education (Radio Radieschen, Campus-Leben, October 6, 2021). You can listen to the conversation here.

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

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

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

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 Radieschen you can listen to an interview about the new book. The authors speak about excercices and tips as well as challenges. Click here: https://www.radio-radieschen.at/brandneues-buch-fit-durch-selbstcoaching/.

Presentations

Baier, T.; Hollosi-Boiger, C.; Miglar, K. & Schwaiger, S. (2021, November). Online-Kurs: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben Schritt für Schritt. Poster-Präsentation im Rahmen der GewissS-Jahrestagung an der Universität Wien, Österreich. Das Poster ist hier abrufbar.

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
Teresa Baier

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