Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills - Surrey
When: Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration opens at 8:30 am)
Where: Simon Fraser University - Surrey
Room: Friday: SUR 5360
Saturday: SUR 5320
Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to students who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page: http://step.mitacs.ca/faq
Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! Aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds, join Mitacs Step for this two-day, hands-on writing workshop! From structure and grammar, to impact – get on-site expert feedback and a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing and get exposure to many samples of writing, from outstanding to atrocious. We look forward to seeing you there!
Day 1 - Overview of the Writing Process
The first session of the writing workshop will discuss issues related to the overall writing process:
- common pitfalls, dealing with procrastination, staying motivated;
- the importance of the writing process (inventing, drafting, editing, and revising);
- audience analysis, understanding purpose, tone, and genres;
- effectively organizing documents and using standard forms (i.e., theses, journal papers, poster presentation, other reports);
- persuasive and informative writing;
- aspects of technical reports (i.e., abstracts, introductions, results, and conclusions).
Day 2 - Revising Strategies
The second session of the writing workshop will focus on effective editing techniques and incorporating graphics into technical writing:
- principles of punctuation;
- revising sentences for order (sentence structure, ordering ideas);
- revising sentences for clarity (avoiding general language, vague this subjects, noun strings, and prepositional phrases);
- revising sentences for conciseness (importance of descriptive verbs, avoiding empty sentence openers);
- revising for connection (structuring paragraphs, transitions between sentences);
- effective use of graphics (appropriate types of graphs, proper use of colour and layout, incorporating graphics into text).
- each other, to experience the development of a strong team, and to develop a model of the culture that they will want to create in their projects.