I’m leading a writing workshop (at Entomology 2018)

Image: Composite.  Book cover, The Scientist’s Guide to Writing; and Entomology 2018 logo, by Michael Blackstock for the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of America.  Find the story behind the meeting logo here.

Just a quick announcement, which will be of particular interest to readers who are considering attending Entomology 2018 (the joint annual meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of America, in Vancouver, BC).  At that meeting, I’ll be leading a workshop on scientific writing.  You’ll find the official announcement below, or on the meeting’s website here.   Thanks to Rebecca Schmidt and Rob Morrison, who organized the workshop and invited me to lead it.

I used to be dubious about my ability to give a worthwhile writing workshop.  But last semester, I taught a scientific writing course (for graduate and Honours undergraduate students), and every day’s meeting involved a workshop.  I think it was pretty successful, so I’m less afraid than I used to be.  My fingers are crossed that in Vancouver, I’ll have something to offer anyone who shows up.  And, if by some bizarre circumstance you don’t yet have a copy of The Scientist’s Guide to Writing, I’ll arrange to have copies there.

See you in Vancouver?

Breaking Down the Border Between Readers and Writers: How to Improve Your Scientific Writing

Sunday, November 11
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Fee: $10 USD │ $12.50 CAD
Online registration limited to the first 80 participants. Advance registration is the only way to guarantee a seat and you must be checked into the workshop at the start of the session or your seat will be given away. Attendees without tickets will be accommodated into the training on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writing is a key skill for scientific success, because in an increasingly connected and global world, it is critical that researchers are able to clearly communicate their research to a variety of audiences. But at all stages of their careers, scientists struggle with writing – in part because many of us lack formal training in this area. This struggle may be felt most intensely by early career professionals and students.

The goal of this workshop is to help participants gain comfort and skill with key components of the writing process through interactive activities and discussion. Participants will be able to bring these skills back to their home institutions to help improve their research. The workshop will be led by Dr. Stephen Heard, author of “The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout your Scientific Career” and the blog “Scientist Sees Squirrel”.

The workshop will be loosely based around the content of “The Scientist’s Guide to Writing” and lessons from an interactive writing course that Dr. Heard is currently teaching. The general style of the workshop will be brief lectures on topics, followed by group activities and discussion to support the learning objectives of each topic.

© Stephen Heard  June 11, 2018

3 thoughts on “I’m leading a writing workshop (at Entomology 2018)

  1. janig717

    I just spent the day reading your book. Loved it! I struggle with many of the issues you discuss as a professional scientific editor. I especially loved the last chapter. I had an article as a grad student with a humorous title that my advisor had to fight to keep. The title was fun, but his response to the reviewer was even funnier. Anyway, we easily accept beautiful images and clever figures summarizing years of effort into our articles, why not use more literary words to describe our work?



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