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Sharpen Up Your Writing Skills

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Language and writing
Code:
LWF8
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop will be useful for anyone who wants to make their writing more effective. It will be particularly useful for those who have come into medical writing without receiving any training in writing skills.
Objective:
The objective of the course is to help participants write clear, professional text that communicates effectively with their target audience. We will focus on writing for STM (scientific/technical/medical) audiences and for patients and the general public, but the skills taught are applicable to all types of written communication.
Content:
If we do not persuade our audience to start and then continue reading, our effort as writers is wasted. It is also wasted if readers fail to understand the intended message, or if we lose credibility through poor presentation. The workshop looks at the principles of effective writing, and how to use them to achieve your communication goals. Topics covered include: • Structure and style: the do’s and dont’s of effective writing • Achieving clarity without ‘dumbing down’ • Common style traps in STM writing • Writing for patients and the public • Writing to persuade: make your writing powerful • Say it concisely: tips for reducing word count The course contains interactive class exercises, and learning points are illustrated using real examples of good and bad medical writing.