Academic writing can be daunting even to fluent non-native English speakers. This course makes clear the expectations for good English academic prose and offers concrete strategies for producing lucid and compelling articles, dissertations, and monographs.

We’ll learn general principles of argumentation and structure before turning our attention to the nuances of style. Special attention will be paid to the difference between German and English academic conventions, but this course is applicable to students from all linguistic and academic backgrounds.

Students are encouraged to submit a writing sample but it is not required. The course includes a one-on-one consultation and individualized feedback of participants' academic writing. This class is taught in English.



Two-day workshop
+ private consultation

No class currently scheduled. Enroll below to receive emails about the next scheduled workshop.

Cost: €160




Best in the business...

“The instructors at the Berlin Writers' Workshop are among the best in the business: brilliant writers, thorough editors, thoughtful teachers, and insightful critics. That all this literary talent has descended on Berlin is tremendously exciting.”

— Carmen Maria Machado, author, Her Body and Other Parties

Impassioned and insightful...

"Ben Mauk is an impassioned and supremely insightful reader. His smart and attentive takes on my stories always left me with a clearer, more confident sense of my own strengths as a writer and helped me understand the collection I was building."

— Mark Mayer, author, The Aerialists

Enormously helpful...

"Whether offering me practical guidance about how to restructure a story, recommending a book or essay that I might find useful, or simply encouraging me to keep going, their intelligence and mentorship have helped me and my writing enormously."

— Ariel Lewiton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Sarabande Books


Student review:

"The Berlin Writers' Workshop is exactly what Berlin has been in need of. Our workshop was brilliantly informative without feeling like a lecture, and our tutor was very supportive."

— Kate

Student review:

The How to Pitch Editors class was fantastic. I gained insights into how to transition to writing for magazines, including crafting stronger pitches. Ben's thoughtful (and humorous) instruction and real world examples of what pitches do/do not work were exactly what I needed to take my nonfiction writing to the next level.

— Caitlin


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