The ability to write in a concise, organized, and compelling style is an invaluable asset in the academic community. These courses give participants the opportunity to develop their writing abilities through focusing on academic writing conventions and providing feedback from peers and instructors on written work. Participants on these courses will have the space to explore academic writing across the disciplines, investigate ways to structure their writing around effective organization strategies, and enhance their understanding of what journals expect from submitted articles.

Course Outcomes:

  • Learning and revising the rules of academic writing
  • Formulating a feasible and effective research question
  • Implementing ways to structure writing around effective hypotheses and creating impactful abstracts
  • Effective literature review skills for article writing
  • Writing process strategies
  • Strategies to facilitate article editing
  • Effective use of feedback
  • Conference presentation tips and practice

Faculty
Yamen R. Rahwan Lecturer College of Social Sciences and Humanities
About Yamen R. Rahwan

Yamen Rahwan holds a PhD degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick, UK. Prior to Koç, he worked at Aleppo University, Özyeğin University and Istanbul Bilgi University, teaching both academic writing and literature. Dr. Rahwan has a wide range of academic interests in languages, philosophy, and modern world-literature.

Kamuran Osmanoğlu Lecturer College of Social Sciences and Humanities
About Kamuran Osmanoğlu

Kamuran Osmanoğlu is a Lecturer at the Academic Writing Program at Koç. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Before joining Koç, he taught philosophy at the University of Kansas and Bilkent University. He has multiple years of experience in teaching writing to professionals and researchers from different disciplines. He continues his research in philosophy of (social) science, philosophy of mind, and ethics of technology.

Detailed Course Information

Taught through the Academic Writing Center, the courses allow participants to learn and revise academic writing conventions and rules, identify and study them in relevant samples from the literature, apply them to their own writing, and receive feedback from the Writing Center tutors.

Topics covered will include formulating effective research questions, reviewing the existing literature, creating impactful abstracts that introduce research concisely, understanding the organizing principles of presenting research, and enhancing scaffolding techniques in order to accelerate productivity. We will also practice effective revision strategies in order to help participants identify mistakes or ineffective presentation issues in early drafts and improve editing skills at both the micro and macro levels.

A priority of our sessions is to ensure relevance to our participants. To that end, we will provide a variety of samples from different fields, cover academic conventions used across the disciplines, and aim to group researchers from similar fields together.

We will encourage our participants to start a new writing project or continue working on a previous project during the workshop in order to integrate input from the sessions. Participants will be invited to attend one-to-one meetings with the center tutors for consultations on their writing progress.*

 


* Participants will be entitled to one 30-minute consultation with a tutor per one session. These meetings can be booked through a scheduler that will be made available on the website. Please note the following about those consultations: 1) they should be a follow-up to input given in the sessions so that both the tutor and the participant quickly establish the focus of the feedback, 2) documents should be shared at the meeting, not before, and 3) proofreading or editing should not be expected in those meetings.

Courses Offered in the Summer 2021 Term

Please note that this content is tentative and is subject to change.

Each session will include an input part followed by hands-on activities.

How to do interesting research & publish your work

In this session, we will explore how to construct an effective research question through narrowing or broadening the research area and then problematizing or further pursuing the implications of existing research. In addition, we will develop an understanding of what journals and other publishers expect from submitted articles.


Date: June 21, 2021, Monday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Writing effective abstracts & introductions

This session will focus on creating impactful abstracts that introduce your research concisely. This will be followed by an analysis of the structure of the introduction and how it differs from the abstract. Common pitfalls when writing both will also be explored.


Date: June 22, 2021, Tuesday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

The main body of the research paper across the disciplines

Allowing for the diversity of individual disciplines, this session will explore rhetorical strategies that can be employed to organise information in the main body of any research paper. This will include looking at functions such as arguing persuasively, evaluating evidence, constructing meaningful comparisons based on sound criteria, using theories critically, analysing and synthesising data, generalising, drawing conclusions, and acknowledging limitations.


Date: June 28, 2021, Monday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Style and organization

In this session, we will explore the skill of writing in a more concise, organized, and compelling style. Our focus will be on how to present information in a logical and persuasive manner, avoid redundancy, and structure coherent and cohesive paragraphs.


Date: June 29, 2021, Tuesday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Revising the draft and addressing reviewers’ comments

The revision process will be the subject of this session, with a special focus on using proofreading techniques to better analyze writing errors and edit drafts on micro and macro levels . We will further consider strategies to incorporate reviewers’ comments when polishing a draft submitted to a journal.


Date: June 30, 2021, Wednesday
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Literature review (parallel sessions)

Here we will be looking at the principles of writing an effective literature review, which include depth, selectivity, sound organisation, focus on interrelated trends and limitations, and identifying a research gap.


Date: July 5, 2021, Monday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Citation practices

This session will review such citations practices as quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, the vital tools in establishing relationships with the existing literature. In our discussions on the extent of reference to the literature vis-a-vis original arguments, we will also present tactics to avoid all types of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.


Date: July 6, 2021, Tuesday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

Conference presentations

In this session, we will investigate various effective conference presentation strategies through a discussion of how to transcribe and present an argument and research results. In doing so, we will review the best practices to create supporting media and to attract and maintain the audience’s attention.


Date: July 7, 2021, Wednesday – 18.45-21.00
Duration: 2 hours*
Fee: 350 TL

* Participant will be able to request up to 30-minute one-on-one office hour from the instructor for each course enrolled (see “Detailed Course Information” above for details).

Course Schedule

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
21 June  22 June  23 June 
18:45 – 19:45 How to do interesting research & publish your work  Writing effective abstracts & introductions
20:00 – 21:00 How to do interesting research & publish your work  Writing effective abstracts & introductions
28 June  29 June  30 June 
18:45 – 19:45 The main body of the research paper across the disciplines Style and organization  Revising the draft and addressing reviewers’ comments
20:00 – 21:00 The main body of the research paper across the disciplines Style and organization Revising the draft and addressing reviewers’ comments
5 July 6 July 7 July
18:45 – 19:45 Literature review (parallel sessions) Citation practices Conference presentations
20:00 – 21:00 Literature review (parallel sessions) Citation practices Conference presentations