Science Writing Workshops

From grant proposals to peer reviewed publications, writing is a critical career skill for PhD candidates. As part of an ongoing professional development effort focused on doctoral students, Pratt offers a scientific and technical writing course for doctoral students each semester. 

The course, titled “Science Writing: Making Texts Clear and Concise,” is a series of six 1.5-hour workshops designed to help make your writing as clear and strong as possible. Workshop topics will include clarity, conciseness, cohesion, organization, common errors, and “putting it all together” in research proposals and scientific papers. You’ll develop a toolbox of strategies for crafting, evaluating, and revising texts. 

Throughout the workshops, text examples will come directly from participants’ own writing. As a participant, you will be asked to submit writing samples in advance.

Spring 2013 Workshops

Two workshop series will be offered in the Spring 2013 semester: 

Session 1 (Register by Jan. 10):
Dates: Thursdays – Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Session 2 (Register by Feb. 21):
Dates: Thursdays – Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Workshops are open to all Pratt PhD students but class size is limited to the first 20 to sign up.

To register or for more information, please contact Sara Faust at sfaust@duke.edu.