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Mentor-guided Analytical Thinking (MAT): A Method for Training Medical Writers and Editors

Level:
Not for credit
Area:
Soft Skills
Code:
SSK2
Duration:
03:00:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop is suitable for writers with any level of experience. Directors of writing groups will also find the method suitable for incorporation into the regular training of writers.
Objective:
Participants who complete this workshop will learn the value of thinking closely about every detail of a text and will become aware of the kinds of questions that need to be asked when evaluating and revising a text.
Content:
Mentor-guided analytical thinking is a method of training medical writers in which a writer reads, analyses, and revises out loud every word and punctuation mark in a text. The writer’s analysis is followed closely by a mentor: a senior writer who questions the writer at each step about how conclusions were reached or why revisions were proposed. The mentor challenges, encourages, cajoles, or otherwise leads the writer to investigate his or her thoughts about the text. The most important feature of the process is that it makes our work as editors visible to our peers and thus allows us to see the range of editing skills and where we rank on this range.