Modules & exercises
Through interactive science writing workshops, Writing Clear Science teaches a unique approach to writing science documents from title development through to sentence, paragraph and document design. Within our workshops we teach 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.
Writing clearly & succinctly
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
Writing reports & peer-review papers
1. Effective document structure
Identify your audience & purpose; Explain your project: What’s your problem? (Hurley 2012); Document structure review
2. Designing your document for maximum impact
Introducing your topic clearly & in context; Presenting methods & results; Discussing your findings: relevance and impact
3. 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
How to be an efficient writer
1. Understanding the writing process
The order of priority of science writing, Key behaviours that lead to inefficient writing, How to manage your time effectively, How to manage multiple projects, How to develop an action plan to monitor your writing efficiency
2. How to develop your core topic
How to record your thoughts clearly & quickly, How to clarify your core topic, How to critically edit your own work, How to seek and receive appropriate and effective feedback
3. How to produce a content-rich first draft
Eight steps to producing a first draft.
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
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.