Schreibklausur | Writing Retreat

The writing retreat adresses doctoral candidates from the Humanities and Social Sciences and is a joint event of the Center for Doctoral Studies and the Graduate Center for Social Sciences.

  • Next date: 13–17 September 2021 | FULLY BOOKED
  • Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, seminar rooms 1 & 2
  • Please note: If the pandemic situation makes it necessary, the writing retreat will take place online. In this case we will inform you in time and you will receive a link to the online platform by email. We kindly ask you to reserve the whole 5 days for the writing retreat even in the case of an online version.

Writing a doctoral thesis is often a lonely experience. Sometimes, one gets lost in everyday life and everything else seems to be more important than your one’s writing project. It is easy to loose touch. Against this backdrop, the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences and the Center for Doctoral Studies are offering a five-day writing retreat where doctoral candidates can dedicate themselves to their writing projects with professional supervision and support. In a concentrated atmosphere, 14 people can tinker, plan, write and research their own doctoral thesis project. We make use of the energy that emerges when several people write in one room to push their own project forward.

The writing retreat is neither a teaching nor a training format. Neither will you be taught content, nor will you be practicing writing techniques. During the retreat, you will write and work on your own responsibility and pace. You will be accompanied by a writing coach who provides a structure and is available with her/his expertise for any questions and problems. An extra room offers space for individual counselling, self-organised peer feedback or self-assessment rounds, data sessions or the like. Your doctoral thesis is yours to write!

While the general language of communication in the writing retreat will be English, doctoral theses written in either English or German are welcome and will be supported in both languages. Both coaches are native speakers of German, so individual writing consultations can also take place in German or English. Should it not be possible to meet in person, the writing retreat will take place online.


Monday, 13 September 2021, 14:00: At a writing kick-off on Monday afternoon, you will get to know each other, set your individual goals for the exam and, with our guidance, set a schedule for the week.

Tuesday to Friday, 14 to 17 September 2021, 9:00 to 18:00: Four days of self-directed writing. The days are given a fixed daily structure through small rituals. On the last day, we reflect on the week and your work progress and look into your writing future.


Details & Registration

Equipment: Pinboards, flipcharts and moderation material are available. Documents can be deposited overnight in a lockable box. Unfortunately, PCs or laptops cannot be provided. In addition, bring whatever you need to feel comfortable writing!

Prerequisites: The writing retreat is aimed at doctoral candidates of the University of Vienna from the humanities and social sciences and related subjects who are already in the research phase and thus actively engaged in the writing process. In the allocation of places, preference will therefore be given to doctoral students who have already completed the public presentation. It is also necessary that they are able to attend all dates in full.

Venue: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7 (2nd Floor), seminar rooms 1 & 2

Registration: To register, please send an Email to including the following information:

  • Name
  • Discipline
  • Stage of doctoral studies (e.g. before FÖP, during data collection, in the final phase, etc.)
  • Brief information on what the writing retreat is to be used for: What specific “writing project” do you expect to devote yourself to in this context? For example, do you want to advance your outline, develop a specific chapter or prepare an article or paper?

Registration deadline: 05 July 2021

Participants will be informed after the end of the deadline.


Karin Wetschanow is a Senior Lecturer at the Writing Center of the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt and works as a freelance lecturer and writing consultant. She is involved in the training of writing consultants both in Klagenfurt and at the University of Vienna (Center for Teaching and Learning). She studied linguistics, education and psychology in Vienna. Her research focuses on Gender Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis and Writing Research.

Markus Rheindorf studied English and Applied Linguistics in Vienna, Peoria (Illinois) and Amsterdam. His research interests include Critical Discourse Studies, political communication and academic writing. Working at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Vienna, he has been involved in research on academic writing for many years. Since 2004, Markus Rheindorf has also been implementing the results of these studies into the design and practice of courses and trainings at numerous institutes.