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Effective Technical Writing & Editing Training Course: face to face & live webinar

Expert advice on how to write and edit scientific and medical texts, technical documents and those documents needed for regulatory submission.

24 Sep 2020

& 11 Feb 2021 , 24 Sep 2021

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Course overview

Effective technical writing and editing is a vital skill in ensuring a clear and compliant message. This interactive course will provide an intensive, practical guide to best practice to follow in achieving excellence in scientific, medical and technical documentation.

Our expert trainer will offer invaluable tools and techniques to help you write with confidence, clarity and a logical structure to successfully convey information to your reader.

With a combination of presentations, hands-on exercises and text review sessions, the programme will enable you to take your writing and editing skills to the highest level to the ultimate benefit of your business.

By attending this event, you will:

  • Master the skills required for clarity and accuracy in technical writing
  • Refine your techniques in editing and presenting technical documents
  • Learn how best to improve readability – be kind to your reader
  • Gain insights into the use of illustrative material such as tables, graphs and flow charts

Who should attend?

This event has been designed for all those writing or editing scientific and medical texts, as well as technical documents, including those who prepare documents for regulatory submissions.

The course will be relevant for anyone preparing texts about pharmaceutical, medical device and veterinary products and is suitable for native and non-native English speakers.


Overview of writing and editing – substantive and technical aspects

  • Considering logic, text flow and wordiness, as well as accuracy
  • Looking at details such as language editing, reference style, abbreviations and acronyms
  • Preparing a clear message for the intended reader

Punctuation specifics

  • Why punctuate?
  • Punctuation marks including:
    • Paired punctuation marks
    • Serial commas
    • Bulleted lists
    • Apostrophes

Further improving readability – being kind to your reader:

  • Rewriting texts for maximum effectiveness
  • Improving tables, graphs and flow charts

Final checks including proofreading

  • Why this is more than just a spell check
  • The practicalities

Writing tips and tools

  • Software
  • Checklists
  • Style guides
  • Systematic checks

Working with co-authors and editors, reviewers and other team members

  • Upfront decisions
  • Giving feedback effectively


Barbara Grossman (More...)

Barbara Grossman has a passion for proofreading, quality control, and education. She is a biochemist by training and a medical writer, editor and teacher by profession, with 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before starting her own medical writing and consultancy business (Hawkeye Medical Limited), she built up and managed the medical writing group at Covance, the contract research organisation, working in a wide range of therapeutic areas. She has given professional development training at educational institutions and organisations such as the DIA (Drug Information Association – Europe and USA), EMWA (European Medical Writers Association) and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), and has led many company-internal training courses. Barbara is an honorary member of EMWA, was Treasurer 1998–2005, has been an EMWA workshop leader since 2001, served on EMWA’s Education Committee 2010–2018, was the Education Officer for 2 years until 2016, and since May 2019 is EMWA’s President. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal.

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  attend Face to face attend Live webinar
24 Sep 2020, Rembrandt Hotel, London
24 Sep 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 13 Aug*
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to attend
Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 13 Aug*
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to attend
Live webinar
11 Feb 2021, Venue not yet confirmed
11 Feb 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 31 Dec*
Enrol now
to attend
Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 31 Dec*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar
24 Sep 2021, Venue not yet confirmed
24 Sep 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 13 Aug 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 13 Aug 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar

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I was hoping to get a better insight into writing reports and I would say that I definitely believe this was accomplished.

Neil McCann, Radiation Safety Officer, Elekta Limited, Feb 20

Overall the course content was very good. Presentation was also good and very clear. The speaker was excellent and very active during the training.

Ildephonse Ngabonziza, Clinical Safety Manager, Genae Associates NV, Feb 20

Barbara was technically brilliant and presented in a fun, challenging and friendly way. The content through the day was very useful, with good pointers and tips to improve the layout and quality of documents. The course structure and content was excellent, a good amount for a day's course. The presentation was fantastic and easy to follow with good exercises and interaction between presenter and course participants. Barbara has a deep knowledge of the subject matter which is delivered in an exciting way.

Nathan Entwistle, Senior Electronics Technician, Team Consulting, Feb 20

Very good course with plenty of personal interaction. The experience of the speaker gives added value as she can provide many examples and tips and tricks for reviewing a text.

Anke De Muylder, Quality engineer QA, Plasma Industries Belgium , Feb 20

This course was very helpful in terms of common technical mistakes in medical writing. Barbara was very communicative, she explained everything and I really enjoyed the exercises throughout the course. Thank you very much, Barbara, for the presentation and for answering all of our questions.

Larissa Duta, Medical Device Complaint Specialist, B. Braun Pharmaceuticals SA, Feb 19

I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

Nicola Swan, Technical Writter, Allergy Therapeutics, Feb 19

I found the itinerary and course content to be interesting and relevant to a wide range of documents. The course booklet and handouts will be incredibly useful reference material in my future medical writing work. The speaker is very experienced and knowledgeable on this topic through her many years of medical writing experience. She understands how to relate to people who have different levels of experience and confidence with the English language.

Lynne Isaac, Medical Writer, Pharmaceutical Company, Feb 19

An extremely good course for novice and experienced technical writers to hone their skills and leave with a toolbox of good ideas.

Ian Vaughan, Project Manager - Device Testing, Team Consulting, Feb 19

I enjoyed every minute of Barbara's lecture.

Catherine Jeannot, Language Teacher-Pharmacy Faculty, Université Paris Sud, Sep 18

The day was informative but also nicely informal. I particularly liked the section about reviewing the work of peers which has given me something new to consider in my day-to-day workI All Management Forum staff were very friendly which made for a very enjoyable training experience.

Natalie Shortt, Human Factors Consultant, Medical Device Usability, Feb 18

The course content covered everything I required.

Harpreet Johal, Scientific Assessor, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Feb 18

The content of the course was very valuable and was presented in a clear and logical way by the speaker who had a wealth of knowledge and experience. What a pleasure and honour to meet and work with Barbara.

Natalie Tsolaki, Medical Manager, Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH, Feb 18

Barbara was clearly very experienced in the field and this came through in her presenting, along with a friendly and approachable style.

Kelly Jeffs, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd, Feb 18

All aspects of the course were good. I was engaged and enjoyed the exercises throughout the course.

Sadia Ahmed, QMS Specialist Licence To Operate, Roche Products Ltd, Sep 17

Good content and presentation. Fun and interactive speaker.

Faiz Aziz, Technologist , Colorcon, Sep 17