Seminars
Becoming a Scientific Writer: Putting ‘Why’ before ‘How’
November 23rd, 2017 GAVIN LUCAS The Paper Mill

Goal of this Workshop

This workshop will help publishing scientists develop a more impartial, analytical view of their own writing behaviour and their readers’ perception of the finished product. Their writing will no longer be driven by the standard formula for ‘How?’ to write a paper, but will be inspired by the question, ‘Why?’


Contents

The aim of this workshop is to help publishing scientists develop a more impartial, analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readership, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. Their writing will no longer be driven by the standard formula for How? to write a paper, but will be inspired by the question Why? In the workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the structure of scientific papers, with a renewed focus on the purpose of each section and the connections between them. They will practice applying this knowledge to the task of constructing a scientific manuscript from scratch. They will gain a global framework to conceptualise the entire publishing process, and the profile of their readership. They will explore some common problems of language construction that make our writing unclear, and why we are prone to these problems; we will practice some intuitive editing tools to address them.


Workshop Format

This is a one day workshop involving theory sessions, group discussions, short practical activities performed individually or in small groups, and longer practical exercises to analyse real papers (the participants’ papers or others).


Workshop Facilitator

Gavin Lucas, founder and director of The Paper Mill, is a biomedical scientist with 14 years of experience in research and scientific publishing, and 7 years of experience as a freelance author’s editor, consultant and trainer.


Times: from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Registration: please access the Intranet through the following link https://goo.gl/xFu2yo and follow the instructions there. There are a limited number of slots available for this course. An email confirmation of your registration will be sent to you shortly after your registration.


Deadline for Registration: Friday November 10th .

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