Modules & exercises

Writing Clear Science teaches a unique approach to writing science documents from title development through to sentence, paragraph and document design. The standard two day workshop includes both essential and advanced aspects of science writing. We correlate document design with research project design,in conjunction with a review of essential research skills.

The workshops consist of a rotating series of lectures, discussions, writing exercises and assessment of writing examples.

Day 1: Writing clearly & succinctly

1. Introduction

Elements essential to scientific writing; Common writing problems & obstacles; The writing process; Writing strategies & techniques; Editing to improve your writing.

2. Sentence & paragraph structure

Determine your main message; Sentence structure and punctuation; Linking sentences; Paragraph structure & design; Developing flow: Linking sentences & paragraphs.

3. How to write accurately, clearly and concisely

Causes of unclear writing; Using appropriate language; Removing repetitiveness and redundancies; Developing & using terminology.

Day 2: Writing reports & peer-review papers

4. Effective document structure

Identify your audience & purpose;  Explain your project: What’s your problem? (Hurley2012); Document structure review.

5. Designing your document for maximum impact  

Introducing your topic clearly & in context; Presenting methods & results; Discussing your findings: relevance and impact

6. Writing activities of your choice

Choose from a range of set exercises: Project summary or paper abstract; Introduction of a report or paper; Explaining complex concepts in plain English; How to make your topic interesting.

7. Structured Q&A session

Additional modules

Publishing your research

Structure review: What to write in each section of your paper; The peer-review process; Referencing & citation; Ideals & ethics of academic research; Issues in publishing.

Writing for a non-technical audience

How to explain technical concepts in plain English; Tailoring your document for your audience; Tactics to engage your audience.

Writing your thesis

Project management skills; Writing your literature review; Developing your thesis statement; Thesis construction and chapter structure; Project design overview (discussion).

Writing Research Grant Proposals

Understanding your funding body’s expectations; Designing your application: structure and content; Communicating your project: overview, contribution and limitations; Selling your project management skills; Pitching your story: language, audience and impact; Writing session, feedback and discussion.

Writing Research Grant Proposals

Designing your application: structure and content; Communicating your project; Pitching your story: language, audience and impact; Writing session, feedback and discussion.

Writing for Presentations

Audience & purpose; Writing your oral presentation; Writing your digital presentation; Effective visual design

Writing Day

An entire day devoted to ‘hands-on’ writing and editing, allowing participants to devote a full day to practice what they have covered in our workshops. The facilitator will be on hand to answer questions, run short Q&A sessions, and give constructive feedback on freshly written material.