This is a purely online seminar without mandatory attendance for anything.
We will host weekly online "writers' hangouts". At least one scientist from Prof. Blömer's staff will be present. The hangout is a place to (1) get writing done while (2) being able to ask questions and discuss arising issues directly.
You don't have to (always) attend, but in our opinion, the best way to become a great writer is through immediate feedback and good discussions with experienced writers. So come hang out with us. Ask questions on your topic. Share your screen and ask for feedback on a paragraph you've written or a text structure you've outlined. Ask how to best manage writer's block. Ask what tools to use or how to fix this LaTeX error. Ask other students whether they can understand what you're writing. Or maybe just use this session to silently write your essay and sometimes listen in on discussions.
You can choose the language for your essay and presentation to be either German or English. Any material we provide to you (including source material for your topic) will be in English.
Your essay should be 8 to 16 pages. It should be in the style of a scientific paper. If you like, you can use our LaTeX templates as a starting point.
We prefer you submit 8 pages of gold rather than 16 pages of mediocre writing (we also prefer 8 pages of gold to an essay with 8 pages of gold and another 8 pages of garbage).
In addition to your essay, you have to submit a video of your presentation. You do not need to capture images of yourself speaking - an audio track over slides is sufficient. Your presentation should be roughly 30-40 minutes long and should targeted at an audience of your fellow students.
Presentation peer feedback
We will assign you three presentations to give feedback on.