Key information

Dates: This workshop runs September 9th-11th 2024, and is connected to the BioCat annual conference. The conference follows September 11th-13th.
Registration deadline: August 1, 2024
Location: Sola Strand Hotel, five minutes from the Stavanger airport
Workshop leader: Dr Daniel Soule of Professional Writing Academy


Registration for the pre-conference workshop is included in the annual conference registration form.


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


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.


  • 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 1 – Monday June 5

12.30-13.00Arrive at hotel and check in
14.00-15.30The writing process: targeting, planning, drafting and editing a research paper or chapter
15:30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-17:30Writing time: One-to-one editing available
19:00 Dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday June 6

9.00-10.30Writing introductions and conclusions: understanding meta structure and theme
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00Writing time: One-to-one editing available
14.00-15.30Writing better paragraphs and sections: also the key to structural editing
15.30-16.00Coffee break
16.00-17.30Writing time: One-to-one editing available

Day 3 – Wednesday June 7

9.00-10.30Steelman questions and the didactic planning method
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-12.30Writing time: One-to-one editing available
The workshop ends. Free time as other delegates arrive.
14.30Main conference begins


Registration for the workshop is included in the registration form for the annual conference.