Highlights

  • Three days intensive course tailored for chemistry, biochemistry and biocatalysis
  • Work on your own manuscript during the course
  • Limited capacity – 20 seats

When & Where:

TBD
Professional Writing Academy’s online classroom, via Zoom

Description

BioCat  | National Graduate School in Biocatalysis invites students to register for a three day workshop on scientific writing, tailor-made for PhD candidates. The workshop will be led by Dr Daniel Soule, who is an experienced academic writing trainer, and aims to provide structure, advice and motivation through writing a paper for publication.

The exercises will focus specifically on writing for biocatalysis journals, and participants are expected to work on their own papers. There will be a balance between plenary sessions, group discussions, individual writing time and one-to-one work with an experienced academic editor. After the workshop, participants can continue to work on their manuscripts and send their draft to Daniel Soule for direct editorial feedback.

Topics

  • Planning and editing
  • Understanding the writing process
  • Breaking down the structure of papers to generate writing goals
  • Techniques for being an effective writer
  • Understanding the stylistic demands of chemistry and biochemistry journals

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be well on the way to producing a draft of their research paper. In addition, they will learn more about the writing and publication process.

Required materials

Participants need to bring a manuscript draft or any other material, such as literature searches or data analysis, which they can draw on through the workshop, and a laptop. Participants must also bring a copy of an article from the journal they wish to submit their paper to. A comprehensive workbook and a ‘Guide to Academic Punctuation’ will be handed out during the workshop.

Workshop Schedule

Day One 

  • 10:00 – 11.30    Workshop:  The writing process, procrastination and productivity, planning and writing goals. Factoring in the publication process.
  • 11:30 – 11:45    Coffee break
  • 11:45 – 13:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas
  • 13:00 – 14:00    Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 15:00    Workshop: Introductions, conclusions and the importance of titles and how to write them
  • 15:00 – 15:15    Coffee break
  • 15:15 – 17:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas

Day Two

  • 09:30 – 11:00    Workshop: Some amazing stuff on paragraphs and how to use them to transform your writing.
  • 11:00 – 11:15    Coffee break
  • 11:15 – 13:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas
  • 13:00 – 14:00    Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 15:00    Workshop: Mastering jargon and developing your style
  • 15:00 – 15:15    Coffee break
  • 15:15 – 17:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas

Day Three

  • 09:30 – 11:00    Workshop: Refining your abstracts & Drafting, editing and proofreading – a process for producing a polished draft.
  • 11:00 – 11:15    Coffee break
  • 11:15 – 13:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas
  • 13:00 – 14:00    Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 14:30   Closing remarks. 
  • 14:30 – 16:00    Writing time: Time to work on your paper and work with an editor on problem areas