Online Courses

Introduction into Academic Writing

Lecturer: Dr Sarah Spies

Course dates: 9 Dec + 16 Dec 2023, 2–6pm (CET)
Maximum participants: 20

⮕ Enrol here until 2 December 2023
Special Fee: 280 CHF


Academic writing is a process that is creative and in many ways collaborative, it involves expressing your own thoughts as well as engagement with the ideas of others. By referencing existing literature and curatorial practices, academic writing provides a platform to contribute to ongoing discussions and develop a unique perspective.

This course offers the opportunity to engage with others’ arguments while effectively expressing one’s own viewpoint. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on developing clear and concise writing skills, particularly for non-native English speakers. The course will be customized to meet the specific needs of each participant, and a writing sample will be requested in advance to tailor instruction accordingly.

Dr Sarah Spies is a choreographer, performance curator and senior lecturer in contemporary dance and performance art. She is part of Manchester-based artists-led curatorial collective Accumulations and has led and collaborated on numerous internationally funded public research and performative events and programmes.  She is the author of Choreographies of the Curatorial: Performative Trajectories for Choreography and Dance in the Museum (2020) and the co-editor of (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies (2021) with Maayan Sheleff. She is also on the editorial board of TURBA – The Journal for Global Practices in Live Arts Curation.


Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.

This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.

Technical instructions
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.