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Writers' Night 2021

Writing papers can be fun! At Writers' Night you will get inspiration and motivation for every part of the writing process. There is something for everyone, no matter what you are studying.

At Writers' Night you will get tips which will make the writing process easier, and even make writing papers fun! Photo: UiO/Hanne Baadsgaard Utigard

Practical information

This year Writers' night will be digital with three separate tracks:

Webinar with a great selection of talks and activities. In the webinar you do not have your camera turned on, but you can ask questions in the Q&A-function.
See the program for the webinar with links to videos of the talks and PDFs of the presentations.

Shut up & Write - write together with other students, with your microphone and video turned off. Read more about Shut up & Write

Consultations - One to one drop-in help. Get help with your writing and EndNote questions.
Read more about the consultations.


 Illustrative photo of pencils.17:00 – 17:15 | Norwegian/English
Velkommen! Welcome!
Introduction to Writers' night

17:15 – 18:00 | Norwegian
Keynote: «Hvordan kan det bli moro å skrive faglig?»
Johan Tønnesson and Marte Blikstad-Balas, the authors of the book Inn i sakens prosa, share their thoughts on how writing in the disciplines can be enjoyable!

Video of the keynote talk (in Norwegian)

Photo of Ragna Neraal.18:00 – 18:25 | Norwegian
«På den ene siden, på den andre» – hva mer vil det si å drøfte? (PDF in Norwegian)

Video of "På den ene siden, på den andre" (in Norwegian).

A talk in Norwegian about what it means to discuss. This lecture is especially suitable for Exphil students.
Med Ragna Neraal, writing mentor

Photo of Kelly Fisher18:30 – 18:55 | English
Uninspired writing? Five tips to spice up your writing routine (PDF)

Video of "Uninspired writing?".

This workshop is aimed at students who are working on longer texts like master's and Phd theses, but could also be relevant for anyone working on a term paper.
With Kelly Fisher, writing mentor

Photo of Cathinka Dahl Hambro.19:00 – 19:25 | English
Writing academic English: Some common pitfalls and how to avoid them (PDF)

Video of "Writing academic English".

When we communicate complex material in a language that is not our own, we easily get lost in translation, unclear formulations, terminology and grammar. This presentation addresses some of these common pitfalls and a few simple tips on how to avoid them.
With Cathinka Dahl Hambro, PhD, Academic Writing Centre 

Photo of notepad and post-it notes.19:30 – 19:55 | English
Critical reading and structured note-taking (PDF)

Video of "Critical reading and structured note-taking".

Learn techniques for reading and note-taking to help you analyse academic sources. Bring an article you recently read to practice the techniques right away.
With Katerina Bero, MSc in Development studies

20:00 – 20:25 | English
'Pimp y master' - Effective visualization strategies for your master thesis (PDF)
Can I visualize my research question? How can I present my findings in a figurative way? Which tools can I use? Where can I get help! If you have any of these questions, this presentation is for you! 
With Andrea Gasparini, PhD, Department of Informatics

20:30 – 20:55 | English
Introduction to Zotero

Video of "Introduction to Zotero".

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Learn how Zotero can be helpful to perform literature searches and organise information easily and efficiently in this 20-minute introduction.
With university librarian Pål Lykkja 

Photo of Lise Endregard.21:00 – 21:20 | Norwegian
Studieteknikk: enkle steg til å studere mer effektivt! (PDF in Norwegian)

Video of "Studieteknikk: enkle sted til å studere mer effektivt" (in Norwegian).

A talk in Norwegian summarising the most important points from the book Superstudent by Olav Schewe, to help you study more efficiently and easily improve your everyday studying!
With Lise Endregard, writing mentor

Photo of Victoria Haynes.21:30 – 21:55 | English
Time-management adapted to you (PDF)

Video of "Time-management adapted to you".
Video of "Time-management adapted to you" Q&A.

The internet is filled with advice about time-management, and a structured plan is often presented as the solution to get good results. But what if the plan creates more stress then help? How can you plan your time so that it is adapted to you and your life, not the other way around? This inspirational talk reflects on how to manage your time and create structure that works for you.
With Victoria Haynes, pedagogue at the MN Faculty

Photo of Liv Nome.22:00 – 23:00
Simple exercises for concentration and relaxation.
With Liv Nome, yoga teacher and musician 

Picture of Liv Nome. Photo credit: H. Solbø.23:00 – 24:00
Winding up with music, podcast and more 
"Flora"  Music Video by Liv Nome (film) 
The music video has scenes from my neighborhood's natural surroundings and consists mainly of handheld spontaneous recordings of what happened around me during the time I was working on the project. I wanted to make a point that by allowing ourselves to approach nature with love, we will want to take care of it; this inalienable in our fragile existence.
More about "Flora" on Liv Nome's website.

Podcast (in Norwegian): "Å, om jeg bare kunne skrive". 

Shut up & Write

Image may contain: Product, Text, Illustration, Design, Line.18:00 – 23:00 | Norwegian/English

Is it difficult to set aside time to write? Try this! Joint, structured “Shut Up & Write” sessions.

You write together with other students for intervals of 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute break, and repeat. By structuring the time in this way, you achieve (at least) two things: inspiration to work when others are working, and a good conscience when you take breaks. All are welcome!

Drop-in consultations

Picture of a consultation setting.18:00 – 22:00 | Norwegian/English

EndNote and questions related to writing.
We offer one-on-one consultations based on drafts or ideas for assignments. Topics for the consultations could be e.g. organisation, structure, problem formulation, argumentation, discussion, academic language, references and other issues. The consultations have a length of 10-15 minutes, and you do not need to book time in advance. We also offer help with EndNote. Just enter the Zoom room, tell us what service you are looking for (writing consultation or EndNote), and you will be directed to an available mentor.



Published Mar. 25, 2021 10:00 AM - Last modified Apr. 23, 2021 10:45 AM