Writing for a wider public (Course in English)

The new skills you acquire can be used both for academic texts and other types of texts such as newspaper articles, research proposals and other non-academic texts.

Target group

PhD candidates of Leiden University.

Admission requirements:
The course is open to participants who have successfully completed the Academic Writing course at the ATC, or who have demonstrable experience in writing in English. The language of instruction is English. Participants are expected to have English language skills at Common European Framework level C1 or higher.

Working method & content

Based on the ideas of writing expert George Gopen, this course approaches the writing of academic texts in English in a somewhat unusual but extremely effective manner. The emphasis lies on how the author can write sentences, paragraphs and texts which fulfil the expectations of an English-speaking reader audience. Our approach is based on research which has shown that a writer who takes into account a number of important reader expectations is less at risk of frustrating, confusing or in any other way alienating the reader. This course aims at offering you insight into your role as an author within the English-speaking world, namely the role of guide who leads his or her readers through a text in a professional manner. You will learn how to organise information efficiently, and how to create flow in your ideas and arguments. You will also learn how to look critically at your own work: is your text open to multiple interpretations? Are the main ideas given the emphasis they deserve?

Participants will be provided with handouts.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others/LUMC (or when you have no access to Self service): can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration formto HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date by sending a mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


2017/1: Fridays 7 and 21 April, 12 and 26 May 2017, all dates from 13.00-17.00 pm

Venue: Academic Language Centre, Lipsius Building, room 117


This course requires approximately 2 hours of preparation per week.

The course amounts to 20 hrs, including attendance, preparation and reading.

Costs & cancellation

PhD candidates of Leiden University: no costs.

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation within two weeks before the first course date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 200.

Course tutor

A tutor of the Academic Language Centre

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Experiences of participants

- Understanding the perspectives of English readers and learning how to fulfil their expectations
- It is very important to know the readers' expectation. 

Last Modified: 23-03-2017