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LUCAS Writing Seminar


Admission requirements

Students have finished a BA in the form of Literary Studies or Art History, and they have been admitted to the LUCAS Research Master Literary Studies or Arts and Culture.


This Writing Seminar is designed to provide Research Master students with skills vital to a future career in academia.
This seminar will train students in:

  • Presenting their work in front of a scientific panel or for an international (conference) audience;

  • Writing an article that has a fair chance of being accepted by a graduate journal;

  • Thinking about funding opportunities for research and ways to translate their ideas into a grant proposal.

In part I, we start by thinking about the students’ academic trajectory and their skills in the form of a narrative CV. We follow the process of a scholarly conference with students going through every stage, from initial abstract to final presentation. Students prepare an abstract, judge each other’s work, practice presenting their papers, moderating thematic sessions etc. To get the most out of this seminar it is helpful if students already have an idea of the subject(s) they want to work on. This can be their thesis subject, but they can also choose another topic they want to pursue after graduating the ResMa.

In part II, we train writing and re-writing an article that has a fair chance of being accepted by a graduate journal. All feedback is used to substantially re-write your text. We will be mimicking peer-review here and will be working with an editorial board.
As an epilogue to the course, students are invited to think about ways to obtain funding for their research. They get acquainted with various types of funding bodies and their requirements and explore the ways in which they could formulate their research ideas into a fundable grant application.

Course objectives

Students will learn how to:

  • Present their academic trajectory according to the DORA declaration standard;

  • Present their work to a scientific panel or international conference audience;

  • Produce the promised output in the form of a publishable article;

  • Participate in the peer-reviewing process;

  • Consider the opportunities available for funding their research


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


The module will be assessed through a combination of written and oral assignments, namely: Narrative CV, Conference Abstract, Conference Presentation, and Article.


Written assignments 70%: Narrative CV and Conference Abstract (20%), Article (50%)
Participation 30%: Conference Presentation (30%).
To pass the course, the weighted average of the grading components needs to be 5.50 or higher AND the grade for the Article needs to be 5.50 or higher.


Only the Narrative CV and Conference Abstract and the Article can be part of a resit. There is no resit for the Conference Presentation.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


Not applicable.