Research support

Technical writing and editing (2 ECTS)


Course code

TWE-1810, TWE-1811, TWE-1811a 

Dates 2018

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 October 2018 

5, 6, 7, 8, 9 November 2018  

12, 13, 14, 15, 16 November 2018 

Time and Place

Morning group: 9.00 - 12.30 or
Afternoon group: 13.00 - 16.30 Note: the last course day will be on Friday morning!
in building Logica.

Course prices

This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department.

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants


Paul Bakker, Peterborough Technical Communication (UK) who has taught such courses for many years at both Eindhoven and Twente.

Course materials

Course materials will be provided during the training.


PhD-candidates (2nd, 3rd or 4th year) and other academics who are writing papers, reports or proposals.

For first year PhD's there is an Academic Publishing bootcamp (3,5 days, 1,5 ECTS).  


  • You learn how to write high-quality scientific papers and reports, with an emphasis not just on language, but also on how best to structure your documents.
  • This course is particularly beneficial for the target group identified above, but may also be helpful to those who already have experience of writing papers and reports, but would like to improve their skills.


• structure
• Summaries & Abstracts
• defining audience
• motivating readers
• style, form & meaning
• developing arguments
• page layout & typography
• presentation of text, data & graphics
• writing & editing processes
• measuring & improving readability
• revising and editing work
• using computer tools
• twenty rules for effective writing
• grammar - a survival guide
• punctuation tactics
• sixty pitfalls to avoid
Within one month of the course finishing, you are expected to e-mail the trainer a draft paper or report for detailed evaluation and comment so as to obtain the maximum benefit from the course. Therefore, you should arrange to participate in the course roughly in parallel with writing an important paper, report or proposal. You will receive detailed written feedback on your work and the opportunity to discuss the comments with your trainer via Skype during a mutually convenient timeslot.


One week of five half-day morning or afternoon sessions plus some optional follow-up evening tutorials. Teaching is through a mixture of short lectures and group exercises, and there will be some homework between the sessions. The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to two ECTS credits and you will receive a signed course certificate. Once you have committed to a particular week, changing to a later course will only be agreed in special circumstances.


Your current level of English should be approximately CEF C1 to derive the full benefit of this course. If your level is not C1, you are strongly advised to first take a suitable language course at the TCP Language Centre.

Centre for Training & Development
Marjolein Rietman
Contact for course enrolment

Career Development Centre HR

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  • November 2018
    • Mon 5 November2 option(s)
    • Mon 12 November2 option(s)

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