Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills (2 Days)
Date & Time
Participants must commit to attending both days (December 12 and 13)
*This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training (formerly Mitacs Step). Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.
Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop 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.
To increase participant awareness and application of tools and exercises available to them to better present their research and knowledge in written form.
Through participating and completing this workshop, 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)
Michael Sjoerdsma has taught in the School of Engineering Science at SFU since September 2003. He teaches a number of courses encompassing various aspects of technical communication. Because of his technical training as an engineer, Michael has firsthand knowledge of the requirements needed for effectively communicating technical material. Michael has taught technical writing for the Management Skills and Advanced Technology program. He also provides writing and editing services for graduate students, professors, and private companies. Michael is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and several other professional associations.
Registration opens on Monday, December 4 at 9:00am.
NO SHOW FEE: No shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 48h in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . This will allow us to add someone from the waiting list and run a full session. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. Priority will be given to currently registered UBC graduate students. If you are a non-UBC student or a postdoctoral fellow and would like to register, please send an email to: email@example.com after the registration open date/time stated above. If you do not receive a registration confirmation or waitlist e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org within two working days of registering, we recommend e-mailing us to follow up as this indicates we have not received your registration submission.