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Academic writing centre

The writing centre is open for students and researchers who wish to improve their writing. Come and discuss your ideas, drafts and questions with one of our writing consultants.

Come for a consultation!

We offer physical consultations, and e-consultations for all our services. Consultations can be booked two weeks in advance.

Book an appointment

We are located at the Georg Sverdrup's house at Blindern, Library of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, ground floor.

Opening hours

  • Monday: 12–16
  • Tuesday: 10–14
  • Wednesday: 16–20
  • Thursday: 12–16
  • Friday: 12–16 (digital only)

Variations may occur.

Films from the writing centre

What we offer

  • We offer one-on-one consultations based on drafts or ideas for assignments or theses, normally up to three consultations per semester.
  • Topics for the consultations could be, e.g., organisation, structure, problem formulation, argumentation, discussion, academic language, how to get started and other issues related to the writing process.
  • In addition to normal writing consultations, we offer one-on-one consultations on presentation techniques, study techniques, English academic writing, science writing, research articles and grant proposals.
  • NB: The writing centre staff does not proofread or discuss scientific content.

Book a consultation

If you need help with literature search, reference check etc., you may book a consultation with a librarian.

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Writing programme

The writing centre offers various types of courses and workshops in collaboration with faculty. All our courses are based on writing activities and interaction with examples from the disciplines. We prioritize long-term projects together with faculty that want to get involved in students' writing. 

Contact Ingerid Straume if you are interested in collaboration.

Under the portfolio of LINK Centre for Learning, Innovation & Academic Development, we also offer a course in scaffolding students' academic writing via process-oriented feedback.

 

Events

Search & Write

Search & Write is a website with writing tips, films and information on everything from study techniques to setting up a completed thesis. The resource is actively used in the writing center's consultations and courses, and is suitable for flipped classrooms, among other things. A "must" for anyone writing a thesis in higher education.

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A home for writing

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Photo: Simen Kjellin, UiO

 To acquire an academic language means to develop a new identity within one's discipline, utilizing both the written and spoken word.

The writing centre at the UiO aims to support writers in their academic identity formation processes, and not simply "fix the text" of an assignment. Through activities such as consultations, writing workshops and various arrangements, we aim to become a "home for writing".

The Academic writing centre at the UiO belongs to the University of Oslo Library. Our aim is to develop writing support services for the university as a whole, together with the departments and faculty.

Feel free to contact us at an early stage of your writing process to develop your ideas!

Who are we?

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Photo: Simen Kjellin, UiO

The writing mentors are skilled and highly motivated students. They come from various disciplines and are trained in writing pedagogy and consultation. Some of our writing mentors are native English speakers.

The centre is led by Ingerid S. Straume. Ingerid Straume has a cross-disciplinary background, including writing studies and a PhD in the philosophy of education. She has extensive experience as a supervisor, subject lecturer and teacher of academic writing. She is co-editor of Search & Write, and a published writer.

Would you like to work at the writing centre? Please contact Ingerid Straume. You need to be a student at UiO and to have some proficiency in Norwegian to work with us. 

More information about the writing centre

Our resources

Contact us

For questions, or to send us your draft by email, please contact skrivesenter@ub.uio.no.

You're also welcome to contact us via Facebook.