Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills - Surrey (February 7 & 8, 2014)

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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:

Workshop Description

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!

Learning Outcomes

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.
Class Date: 
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 8:00am
Simon Fraser University - Surrey
13450 102nd Avenue
V3T 0A3 Surrey, BC