Thompson Rivers University

Scientific and technical writing skills workshop for Grad Students

Mitacs is providing free, online workshops for graduate students in BC. For each workshop there are 24 seats available, and sessions are full-day.

For a description of each workshop, please visit Mitacs.

To register, students must create an account or log in to their accounts on EDGE.

For any questions regarding the workshops or EDGE, send an email to training@mitacs.ca.

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Description:

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on course is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.

Course Objective:

To increase participant awareness and application of tools and exercises available to them to better present their research and knowledge in written form.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this course, participants will:

  • Broaden their perspective on the importance of the writing process
  • Learn to analyze their audience and plan the writing process accordingly
  • Be able to identify all aspects of technical reports
  • Learn effective editing techniques
  • Understand how to use graphics to make an impact and support an argument

Key Topic Areas:

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)

Editing and visuals

  • 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)