Becoming a Scientific Writer: Putting Why? befor How? (1/1)

by Dr Gavin Lucas




Workshop Goal

The goal of this workshop is to help publishing scientists develop a more impartial,

analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readers as the focus for their

scientific communication, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. Their writing

will no longer be driven by a standard formula for How? to write a paper, but will be inspired

by the question Why?

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 gain a global framework for conceptualising the entire publishing process, how to

create an expectation in the reader and then deliver on that expectation, and how to make

the qualitative jump from a passive scientific account to an active scientific argument.

Finally, we will explore some common problems of language construction that make

scientists’ writing unclear, and why we are prone to these problems; we will practice some

intuitive editing tools to address them.


Workshop Content

• Five stages of Publishing

• Who is my reader?

• Destination and Roadmap

• Building structure and connectivity

• From scientific report to a scientific argument

• Scientific writing in English – words, sentences, and paragraphs


Training Methods

This is a highly interactive online training workshop with extensive elements of partner

work, exercises, group discussion, and including some offline homework tasks. We use

innovative online tools combined with proven didactic techniques to reproduce as much as

possible a real workshop situation. We place a special emphasis on sharing and learning

from participants’ own expertise and experience. To increase impact and applicability, we

work with real-life cases from the participants whenever possible. We may ask participants

to reserve time for individual preparatory work before the workshop, and between each