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Learn how to design clear, straightforward sentences.
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Reduce the time you spend editing and rewriting your sentences
Learn the basics of sentence structure, without complicated grammar instruction..
Learn how to design coherent, easy-to-read sentences.
Learn how to punctuate your sentences, without complicated grammar instruction.
The course consists of three modules, with 3-4 lessons (steps) and 5 - 8 writing exercises per module.
Module 1: Introduction
Lesson 1: How the course works (onboarding)
Lesson 2: The essentials of writing clear science
Lesson 3: How to manage the writing process
Module 2: The basics of sentence structure
Lesson 1: Understanding clause structure
Lesson 2: Common problems with sentence design
Lesson 3: How to reduce, combine and restructure your sentences
Module 3: The essentials of punctuation
Lesson 1: Common problems with punctuation
Lesson 2: How to use commas
Lesson 3: How to use colons and semi-colons
Lesson 4: How to punctuate your sentences
Lesson 5: Course recap and additional resources
Who is this course for?
The course is designed for both experienced and inexperienced writers
- If you are an experienced writer and want to improve your efficiency and productivity, this course will help you reduce the time you spend writing, editing and rewriting your work.
- If you are new to science writing, this course will help you understand the essentials of clear, straightforward sentences, without needing an in-depth knowledge of grammar.
This course will benefit research scientists who regularly publish their work.
This course will benefit graduate scientists who do not publish research and rely on their scientific investigation and reporting skills to solve environmental, economic, medical or social issues.
Postgraduate science students
This course will benefit postgraduate science students from any discipline: for example medicine, life and environmental sciences, engineering, chemistry and physics. The course will also benefit students from other academic disciplines.
This course will benefit science graduates who work as consultants or within consultancy firms and rely on their scientific investigation and reporting skills to solve environmental, economic or social issues.
Science professionals are people who do not produce science themselves but write about science research and technology.
This course will also benefit professional writers who work in other evidence-based fields and are interested in brushing up on their writing skills.
with 20% discount for Alumni students*
*Any person who has completed any type of Writing Clear Science training.
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Complete at your own pace.
One-on-one monthly tutorials (x6) and instructor feedback.
20% discount for Alumni students*6 month access to the course material.
20% Alumni Discount
Any person who has completed
Writing Clear Science training is eligible for the 20% Alumni discount
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How the one-on-one tutorials work
Personalised, one-on-one tutorials are run once a month through the LiveWebinar platform. These tutorials allow you to meet with Dr Marina Hurley, ask questions and receive feedback on writing you have recently submitted. During the tutorials Marina will answer any questions on writing-related topics .
Replays and transcripts are provided for you to review in your own time.
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Fantastic course - a perfect combination of content, scope and pace.
Microbiologist PhD Student
Good advice. Very well taught. Good exercises to reinforce learning.
Simone Fraser ● Health writer
I will undertake writing with more confidence. I immediately applied the strategies in my report writing..
Julie Graham ● Environmental Consultant
Learning how to reduce the number of points and ideas in a sentence was particularly useful.
Anon. survey response - Engineering student.
Fantastic and useful; I found it helpful to work through the practical exercises.
Anon. survey response
I now know when my sentences are too long and how break them down appropriately to be easier to read.
Anon. survey response
About The Course Instructor, Dr Marina Hurley
Originally an ecologist and insect-plant specialist, I received my PhD in Zoology (Insect-plant interactions) in 1997 and then worked as an academic and researcher. I found that I loved giving students feedback on their writing and switched to teaching writing full-time in 2004. Since then, I have developed a unique approach to teaching science writing that I deliver through my Writing Clear Science workshops and online courses. I teach scientists, students and science professionals from all walks of scientific life and all science disciplines.
I always look forward to seeing what current projects my students are working on and find it immensely rewarding to see how my teaching has helped so many people. In this current online course The Essentials of Sentence Structure, I show you how to design clear, straightforward sentences, without relying on complicated grammar terminology. This will help you spend less time editing and rewriting your work.
You can read my blog here
You can read more about my background here: au.linkedin.com/in/marinahurley/
Frequently Asked Questions
- The minimum time commitment is 2-4 hours per week, depending upon how much time you take to complete each writing exercise, what module you are working on, how much writing you do as you complete the course and whether you are a self-study or premium member.
- While completing the course, you are encouraged to prepare a first draft of a document. How long you take to do this is up to you.
- During your 6 month membership, you can submit 500 words (per month) for feedback..
Yes. However, you are expected to be able to write grammatically-correct sentences in English. If you submit your writing for feedback, Marina will let you know if you are making any obvious grammar errors.
Marina Hurley primarily teaches scientists, science students and science professionals. While you do not need a science degree to complete this course, you will be expected to understand the basic principles of how science works.
This course is primarily designed for science writers producing peer-review science journal articles and science reports, including consultancy and client reports. However, if you are writing other types of documents you will still benefit from this course.
You can enrol and start this course at any time. You can complete the course at your own pace as you have 6 months access.
No. Marina teaches sentence structure without relying on pre-existing grammar knowledge. All grammar terms used in this course are clearly defined in plain English. Additional training resources are also provided to help you understand some basic grammatical concepts.
No. All educational material is delivered through the online course library. All lectures are available as pre-recorded videos (each a maximum 15 minutes in length). The exercises and worksheets need to be downloaded and completed on your own computer.
Marina broadly defines science writing as writing about science.
"...The key feature of all types of science writing is that the topic under discussion is a scientific topic: that the information presented has been gathered, analysed and critiqued using accepted scientific methods. This is true whether you are presenting new science (e.g. research papers, theses), reviewing research by others (e.g. literature reviews, desktop reviews), reporting scientific approaches and methods to solve commercial or industry issues (e.g. reports, policy reviews) or writing about the astonishing world of science (e.g. news or magazine article)."
Read more from Marina's blogpost 'What is Science Writing?'.
No. If you submit an exercise for feedback, Marina takes an average of 1-3 days to respond. If you have any problems with any aspect of the course, we will respond within 24 hours and aim to solve your issues in the shortest possible time. The live tutorialss (for premium members) are run at 1pm AEDT, so you would need to check your timezone to see if you can attend live. Otherwise, the replays are placed in the course library within 24 hours.
Yes. Although some of the writing exercises are designed to help you produce content for a current document, you can write about any topic.
Yes. If you have ever completed any previous training with Writing Clear Science you are eligible for the 20% Alumni discount* on either course.