Summer 2019 Writing Workshop



The ability to write clearly and proficiently is increasingly the determining factor in advancement and success in a scientist's career. So let's practice getting better at the craft of writing together.


  1. Please RSVP and let us know you want to participate! Email Robert Williams at
  2. Seek out and read a Writing Guide. It can be on writing in general (style & clarity) or something about scientific writing specifically. Consider adding one of the writing guides below to your own library or come by our lab and peruse one.
  3. Read a publication of your choice to evaluate.  Suggested are scientific articles, reviews, etc.,
  4. Identify a section of the publication that you want to share that illustrates something you learned from your writing guide. This can be something you think is particularly well written. Or, better yet, something that you could improve by re-writing. Alternatively, you can talk about a larger section of the publication and its general structure. You can think about how you might re-organize the structure based on the advice you received.
  5. Put together 2 - 4 slides. You should introduce the piece of advice you learned from the writing guide. Then introduce the section you picked. Then show us your re-written, or re-organized version. Also possible, print up several copies of your original section and revised section to share.



Friday, July 12 and July 26, 12pm - 1:30pm
MRB 312

Possible Writing Guides:

Lindsay's Presentation:

David's Presentation: