Center for Writing

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Welcome to the University of Iceland Center for Writing

 

The Center for Writing offers writing support for all students, faculty and staff at the University of Iceland from all schools, faculties, and departments in both Icelandic and English. 

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We offer one-on-one sessions with trained writing tutors at the library of the School of Education and at the National and University Library on the main campus. The sessions last one hour and can be booked online at either the School of Education library or the National and University Library. After selecting the place you would like to meet, select English-language Tutoring to book a time.

Anybody at the University of Iceland can book a time with a tutor to discuss all types of university writing, from classroom papers to grant applications to final projects to articles for publication. The content of the meeting depends on the needs of the person booking the appointment. The only thing connected to writing that we do not cover in these times is proofreading and copy editing. We have a list of professional proofreaders available here.

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Workshops and Courses
The Center for Writing offers a variety of workshops and courses throughout the year for all levels of writers. General courses offered every semester in English include

 

Academic English: Tips and Tricks
Whether English is your first, second, third or even later language, writing academic English can be a challenge. In this short workshop, we will help you to identify and avoid some of the most common pitfalls of writing in English at the university level and beyond

https://ugla.hi.is/vidburdir/SkodaVidburd.php?sid=1448&vidburdur_id=5593

Academic English: Essay and Thesis Structure
This workshop focuses on the structure of English essays, particularly theses and dissertations. We will touch on issues of organization, flow, style and format.

https://ugla.hi.is/vidburdir/SkodaVidburd.php?sid=1448&vidburdur_id=5599

Academic English: The Why and How of Citations
Being able to correctly cite sources in the text and citation list of your work is essential in academic writing. This workshop will look at why we cite and how it is done in the APA system.

https://ugla.hi.is/vidburdir/SkodaVidburd.php?sid=1448&vidburdur_id=5602

Academic English: EndNote Basics
Learning to use EndNote to manage your sources and citations can really help you in your academic career. This course covers the basics of setting up a library, adding sources, getting full text files, and citing in Word using EndNote. 

These are open to all students regardless of level.

https://ugla.hi.is/vidburdir/SkodaVidburd.php?sid=1448&vidburdur_id=5603

Master's Students
The Center runs several shut-up-and-write sessions for master's students throughout the semester. These times are for students to write and consult with staff on their writing. They usually take place on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00.

 

Doctoral Students
Doctoral students are invited to join the Facebook group specifically for writing at the PhD level. The shut-up-and-write sessions for doctoral students are on every other Monday from 13:00 - 15:00 starting January 18. Check the calendar in Ugla for more information.

The Center for Writing offers a variety of support for instructors who use writing assignments as part of their classes. Past support has included the following:

  • Short introduction to the Center for Writing
  • Citations in both the APA and Chicago Manual of Style
  • Essay structure and flow
  • Poster presentations
  • Working in Microsoft Word
  • Complete teaching and grading of writing assignments

Please contact us at ritver@hi.is if you would like to schedule a classroom presentation or workshop. We are also happy to design something specifically for your course.

Many faculties at the University of Iceland use the American Psychological Association system for citations and occasionally for essay structure. The Center for Writing highly recommends using the Purdue OWL website for the most updated information on the English edition of the APA. 

There are some small differences for citing sources when writing in Icelandic. The most updated version of the APA in Icelandic can be found on our website.

The choice of citation system is dictated by the language of the essay. That is, if you are writing in English, you use the English APA system, even for Icelandic sources. If you are writing in Icelandic, you use the Icelandic system.

Many faculties at the University of Iceland use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) for citations and occasionally for essay structure. The Center for Writing highly recommends using the Purdue OWL website for the most updated information on the English edition of the CMoS. 

There are some small differences for citing sources when writing in Icelandic. The most updated version of the CMoS in Icelandic can be found on our website.

The choice of citation system is dictated by the language of the essay. That is, if you are writing in English, you use the English CMoS system, even for Icelandic sources. If you are writing in Icelandic, you use the Icelandic system.

A few faculties at the University of Iceland use the Modern Language Association system for citations and occasionally for essay structure. The Center for Writing highly recommends using the Purdue OWL website for the most updated information on the English edition of the MLA. 

There is currently no Icelandic version of the MLA available.

Many departments require students to write a thesis or final project as part of their degree at the university. Each school or faculty creates its own requirements for the thesis or project. You can find more information, and a template if it is available, about the thesis requirements on the internal network at the university using the links below.

Some schools have more information available in English than others. If you have any questions about the final project, Turnitin, or Skemman, please contact your department administrator.

Most departments require students to write a master's thesis as part of their degree at the university. Each school or faculty creates its own requirements for the thesis. You can find more information, and a template if it is available, about the thesis requirements on the internal network at the university using the links below.

Some schools have more information available in English than others. If you have any questions about the final thesis, Turnitin, or Skemman, please contact your department administrator.

All schools at the University of Iceland require students to write a dissertation as part of their doctoral degree. Each school or faculty creates its own requirements for the dissertation. You can find more information, and a template if it is available, about the dissertation requirements on the internal network at the university using the links below.

Some schools have more information available in English than others. If you have any questions about the final thesis, Turnitin, or Skemman, please contact the doctoral program administrator at your school.

Director of Ritver

Mynd af Randi Whitney Stebbins Randi Whitney Stebbins Forstöðumaður 5255843 rws [hjá] hi.is

Randi holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a BA in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College. Along with academic writing, she is a poet and one of the founding members of the writing collective Ós Pressan.

 

Project Manager for the website Ritver

Mynd af Emma Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Emma Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Verkefnisstjóri ebe [hjá] hi.is

A project manager at the Center for Writing, Emma is involved in marketing and manages special projects, such as one funded through Erasmus+. Emma holds M.A. degrees in philosophy and cultural studies and is currently pursuing a doctorate in philosophy.