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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Kickstart writing your conference paper and/or poster based on your research (Humanities & Social Sciences) Part One


About this workshop

This workshop welcomes any student or staff or emerging researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, who would like to start writing a conference paper or poster for display at a conference.

After input on the process of responding to a conference call, abstract and poster writing, the workshop space gives participants the chance to write an abstract, poster or paper, for a chosen conference.  Participants will also get a chance to start writing a draft abstract, story an argument and do any other related writing, with personalised attention, specific feedback from the facilitator and peers in the workshop itself.  You will leave feeling confident about tackling the start of your writing process.

Input covered:

  • First steps:
  • Defining what you want to say (from your thesis or other academic work);
  • How to tell an academic story using argument in an academic paper.
  • Interactive part: Writing what you want to say/telling the story
  • Drafting the story line and argument;
  • Drafting a messy abstract.

* Due to UCT being a contact university and with Covid restrictions easing, the second part of this workshop series is now only being offered in person in semester 2.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • “I was already working on a journal article and applied the principles to enrich the article.”
  • “The easy to follow points on each of the different aspects we covered was great.”


About the presenter

Ms. Bastienne Klein, Academic Mentor and PhD Candidate

Has mentored students to write thesis arguments on this programme since 2012, and privately ongoing, through her mentoring consultancy.



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* Although this workshop is for Humanities students, anyone in a prose writing discipline who wants to work on a conference paper or poster writing process, is most welcome. This workshop cannot assist those students with content from other disciplines.



Preparation for the workshop

Useful things to have with you for this workshop, where possible:

  • Your thesis chapters; conference calls; a draft paper; ideas; questions
  • Topic/direction/keywords/argument.

Level of participation at the workshop

This is an online and interactive workshop.  A PDF of the presentation will be shared with those who have attended and engaged significantly.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Upper Campus
Ms. Bastienne Klein
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 96 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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