Writing Your Doctoral Thesis

Coaching series for doctoral candidates in the Social Sciences

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 7 November 2023, 9 January 2024, 16:00–20:00

The sessions can be booked individually or en bloc, depending on participants’ needs.

Writing a dissertation is a hugely transformative process. Not only do doctoral candidates enter the world of academic discourse, but they also transition from being students to becoming professional researchers, from evaluees to evaluators, from those who receive grades to those who give them. And yet, the PhD-phase is still a place of “in-between”, of being neither this nor that – in addition to conducting the biggest research project in their academic career so far (and having to write about it!).

This coaching series addresses this period of transition and transformation and the challenges that come with it, both in regard to writing and to other issues. Supported by an experienced writing teacher and coach the group will discuss the writing process, time management, the dissertation process and its challenges and profit from the experience of every single group member. Feedback will be given on shorter texts upon request, using the group as a resource to provide motivation and peer-to-peer support. The approach is process-oriented, the topics of each four-hour session will be adapted to the group’s needs.

The sessions can be booked individually or en bloc.

Session 1: Starting and understanding the process

10 October 2023, 16:00–20:00

Possible topics include:

  • Writing as a process that can be managed
  • Writing a PhD as a phase of transition and transformation with many challenges
  • Integrating your writing project into your (working) life
  • Academic work and health

Session 2: Structuring and managing the process

7 November 2023, 16:00–20:00

Possible topics include:

  • Writing strategies and time management
  • Text structure
  • Procrastination
  • How to deal with disruptions
  • How to deal with multiple, sometimes conflicting roles

Session 3: Failing and adapting the process

9 January 2024, 16:00–20:00

Possible topics include:

  • Failure and feedback
  • How to “fail better”
  • How to make plans for who you are, not for who you want to be

Coach: Eva Kuntschner, writing teacher, writing counsellor and coach (ÖVS)

Target group: Doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences who have already given their public thesis presentation and are currently in the process of writing their thesis.

Venue: Meeting Room of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14–16, 1090 Vienna, OG01 (seminar room 11)

Working language: The working language is English, texts for feedback should also be in English.


Registration is possible until 19 September 2023 or until the sessions are fully booked („first-come-first-served“, max. 12 participants).

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