This interactive course will provide a practical guide to the foundations of effective technical writing and editing. With a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises and text review sessions, this course will enable you to improve your writing and editing skills, and apply them to your role in the workplace.
Key betefits of attending:
This course 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 and veterinary products and medical devices. It is suitable for native and non-native English speakers.
Introduction and welcome
Overview of writing and editing – substantive and technical aspects:
** Punctuation marks including:
** Paired punctuation marks
** Serial commas
** Bulleted lists
Further improving readability – being kind to your reader:
Final checks including proofreading
** The practicalities
Writing tips and tools
Working with co-authors and editors, reviewers and other team members
Practical hands-on exercises and text review sessions will take place throughout the day.
Barbara Grossman (15 Feb 2019)
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 2018 is EMWA’s Vice‑President. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal.