Our in-house Scientific Writing workshops show scientists how to write reports that communicate their findings clearly and concisely.
Taking a practical, real-world approach, we help scientists understand how writing goes wrong and what they can do to make their own writing better – which leads to:
- lower stress levels (for both writers and readers)
- faster project progress
- increased opportunities for publication
- increased success with funding applications
We cater for scientists at all levels, from undergraduates through to experienced researchers in both industry and academia.
Our four key science writing themes
All our scientific writing workshops are based around the four key themes of:
- planning and preparation
- organising yourself
- organising your document
- using language effectively
We find out where your team needs most help, and agree which of our core topics are most relevant. We can also create extra bespoke elements to cover particular organisational needs.
New – In addition to our core topics, we now also offer training in blog writing for scientists.
Core science writing topics
– What it is, why it matters, and how easy it is to get it wrong.
Understanding what science writing is for
– Why writing a science report is not like writing a novel.
– Why you need to think about what each report is for and what you want to achieve before you even start writing – and how to do it.
Meeting readers’ needs
– Who your readers are, what’s important to them, and how you can help meet their needs.
Understanding the four stages of scientific writing
– How splitting your work into four stages streamlines the process and produces better results.
– Recognising and tackling common excuses not to write.
– How to understand your own personal approach to writing and find a process that helps you get started, keep going, and meet deadlines.
Organising the document
– How to structure and organise information so readers get the main points quickly and easily.
Using the standard scientific report format
– A reminder of what the sections are and what should go in each, with discussion on how the format fits into your particular workplace.
Using language effectively
– Why readability matters, how to measure it, how to improve it.
The power of plain English
– Why the more complex the topic, the greater the need for straightforward language.
Writing clear and concise sentences
– How to spot and sort out a sentence that’s going wrong.
Objectivity versus opinion
– A reminder of the distinction between fact and opinion, discussion of when each is appropriate, and a look at how to avoid presenting one as the other when writing.
Writing with precision
– How to recognise and avoid commonly-used but vague terms, and instead choose words that have a precise meaning.
Checking grammar and punctuation
– How to avoid common science writing mistakes.
– Why accuracy matters, plus essential proofreading tips and techniques.
With the author’s permission and where we think it would be helpful, we use material from participants’ work examples to illustrate particular points.
Workshops can be held over a single day, as a two-day course (consecutive days or with time in between for practice and review), or as a series of modular sessions. With a two-day course, we can build in one-to-one time with each participant to review their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.
To find out about our prices, see workshop prices.
To talk to us about creating a workshop for your team, please call 01625 610951 or email us here.