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Writing Spaces for Doctoral Researchers at Bremen University

Shut Up and Write! Bi-Weekly writing space for doctoral researchers


Doing your PhD means you have to sit down and write – and writing is much more fun when you’re in good company! That’s why we have established Shut Up and Write, a bi-weekly writing space for Uni Bremen PhD candidates. Our two-hour sessions offer you a relaxing, guilt-free space to finally fill those pages. Finding it hard to motivate yourself? Turn writing into a social experience – at Shut Up and Write!

Just drop in - no registration necessary. We start at ten o' clock sharp. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to set up.

Every second Tuesday!
Next dates: cancelled until end of August
Time: 10.00-12.15 a.m.   Venue: SFG 0340

"Write that PhD" - Open Writing Group

These meetings are organized by a group of doctoral researchers - from various faculties and with writing projects in different phases. The meetings aim at providing a supportive and guilt-free space for writing.

Like at BYRD's "Shut Up and Write" sessions, the group uses the Pomodoro technique ( which means everyone will write blocks of 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks in between. They meet regularly every Friday (+ additional irregular dates). If you are planning to come, please write an email to Alexandra Mittelstaedt. She will send you a list with the upcoming dates to make the organizing process easier.  You are also invited to bring snacks or coffee :-).   If no one is on the list, there will be no meeting. 

Every Friday + additional dates (see list!)
Time:  usually from 9 am - 4 pm
Location: Unicom, Haus 7, Mary-Somerville-Str. 7, BIGSSS 3rd Floor, R. 7.3290

If you want to know more about this writing group, please feel welcome to contact Alexandra Mittelstaedt.

Writer's Help Desk

Do you need some English language writing help?

Since 2015, the SZHB has been offering English writing support at the Independent Learning Centre.
A professional writing consultant will be available to advise you for up to 20 minutes. This service is cost-free. Please make sure to bring a print-out of your text (max. 2 pages). During the semester, prior registration is not necessary. Just drop in on Mondays (10 - 11am) or Fridays (11 - 12pm) . Check here for the details.


Literature and Resources on Academic Writing


Turbocharge your writing today, Nature, vol. 475, 7.7.2011

Writing your Journal Article in 12 Weeks,  by Wendy L. Belcher, Sage (2009)

The Craft of Research, 4th Edition - Edited by Booth et. al. (2016)

Stylish Academic Writing, by Helen Sword (2012)

English for Writing Research Papers, 2nd Edition, by Adrian Wallwork (2016)

English for Research: Usage, Style and Grammar, 2nd Edition, by Adrian Wallwork (2015)

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing, by Claire K. Cook (1985)


Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search billions of bilingual texts for words and expressions. is a fast and comprehensive online thesaurus, which is crowdsourced, built by a community of writers for writers.

The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organized according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation as well as the more general communicative functions of academic writing.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (in Indiana, USA) is a treasure trove of materials and exercises for users worldwide that will assist with many different writing projects.

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