The essentials of
Learn how to design clear, straightforward sentences.
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
Step 1: How the course works (onboarding)
Step 2: The essentials of writing clear science
Step 3: How to manage the writing process
Module 2: The basics of sentence structure
Step 1: Common problems with sentence design
Step 2: The difference between clauses and phrases
Step 3: How to reduce sentences that are too long
Step 4: Where to place your main point
Module 3: The essentials of punctuation
Step 1: Common problems with punctuation
Step 2: How to use commas
Step 3: How to use colons and semi-colons
Step 4: How to punctuate your sentences
Step 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This course will benefit graduate scientists who do not publish research and rely on their scientific investigation and reporting skills to solve environmental, economic, medical or social issues.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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your 20% student alumni discount code.
Next release: 19th September 2022
One module released per week for three weeks.
20% discount for Alumni students*
Next release: 19th September 2022
Three online modules released over three weeks, with live weekly tutorials (x4) and instructor feedback.
20% discount for Alumni students*
20% Alumni Discount
Any person who has completed
Writing Clear Science training is eligible for the 20% Alumni discount
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Course release: 19th September 2022
Premium Member Bookings close 16th September 2022
Premium versus Self-Study Enrolment
- The self-study enrolment gives you 12 months access to the entire online course library.
- All writing exercises have example answers.
- Budget-conscious students can work at their own pace and use the course roadmap to guide through the course.
- In addition to 12 months access, premium members have access to 4 x live weekly tutorials, where Marina answers your questions and gives further tuition on key topics.
- You will also receive written feedback on your writing exercise answers and access to the online tutorial group.
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.
- For premium members, during the 3 week course release, Marina hosts a live tutorial webinar every week. These tutorial last 25-30 minutes and the replays are posted in the course library in case you cannot attend.
Self-study students can enrol for this course at any time. You can complete the course at your own pace as you have 12 months access to the course library.
For both self-study and premium students, the next course release is Monday 19th September, with one module released per week. You can complete the course at your own pace as you have 12 months access to the course library.
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 10 minutes in length). The exercises and worksheets need to be downloaded and completed on your own computer.
Premium members receive additional tuition and assistance via 4 weekly live tutorials where Marina discusses the exercises and key teaching principles in further depth and answers any questions. All tutorials are recorded if you cannot attend live. For Premium students, Marina also gives feedback on all exercise answers within 1-3 days after submission.
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.
Yes. However, you are expected to be able to write grammatically-correct sentences in English. If you are a Premium student and submitting your exercise answers for feedback, Marina may include additional feedback on how to improve your writing if the meaning is unclear.
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.