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!
All consultations at the Academic writing centre are currently taking place online.
We offer e-consultations via chat or videocall for all our services.
Consultations can be booked two weeks in advance.
- Monday: 12–16
- Tuesday: 10–14
- Wednesday: 16–20
- Thursday: 12–16
- Friday: 12–16 (digital only)
Variations may occur.
We are located at the Georg Sverdrup's house at Blindern, Library of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, ground floor.
What we offer
- We offer one-on-one consultations based on drafts or ideas for assignments, normally three consultations per semester.
- Topics for the consultations could be, e.g., organisation, structure, problem formulation, argumentation, discussion, academic language, references and other issues.
- NB: The writing centre staff does not proofread or discuss scientific content.
If you need help with literature search, reference check etc., you may book a consultation with a librarian.
Questions about EndNote? Get help from the EndNote-group on Facebook.
The writing center can develop various types of courses in collaboration with academic staff. We prioritize long-term work with academic environments that want to get involved in students' writing. All courses are based on indepentend work, exercises and interaction. Contact Ingerid Straume if you are interested.
In collaboration with LINK Center for Learning and Education, we teach the course "Writing to learn" (part 2, process-oriented writing guidance) for the university's lecturers. More about the course Writing to learn (information in Norwegian).
If an academic environment wants to know more about the writing center's work, we can also provide information for employees and / or students.
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.
A home for writing
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?
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 and Cathinka Dahl Hambro. 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. Cathinka Dahl Hambro has an inter-disciplinary background from language, literature, medieval studies (PhD) and theology. She has several years of experience with academic writing centre management.