Effective Technical Writing & Editing

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

24 Sep 2019

& 11 Feb 2020 , 25 Sep 2020

GBP 699
EUR 979
USD 1,090

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About this course

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, the programme will enable you to improve your writing and editing skills, and apply them to your role in the workplace.

Key betefits of attending:

  • Gain practical tips to improve your writing and editing skills
  • Ensure you consider logic, text flow and wordiness, as well as accuracy
  • Learn how to improve readability – be kind to your reader
  • Discuss techniques for tables, graphs and flow charts

Who should attend?

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, medical devices and veterinary products. It 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

Final discussion session

Practical hands-on exercises and text review sessions will take place throughout the day.


Barbara Grossman

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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24 Sep 2019
24 Sep 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 699.00
EUR 979.00
USD 1,090.00
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11 Feb 2020
11 Feb 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London
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25 Sep 2020
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  • Emergo by UL,
  • Allergy Therapeutics
  • Allergy Therapeutics Ltd
  • Animalcare Ltd
  • Ares Trading S.A.
  • B. Braun Pharmaceuticals SA
  • Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH
  • Blue Reg Europe
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Colorcon Ltd
  • CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd
  • Dentsply Sirona Implants
  • DLRC Ltd
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Gaming Technical Solutions Ltd
  • Genethics Regulatory Services Ltd
  • GSK
  • Martindale Pharma
  • MHRA
  • MHRA - Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Molnlycke Health Care
  • Nutricia
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Prometic Biosciences
  • Roche Products Ltd
  • Sanofi Aventis Recherche et Développement
  • Statens Serum Institut
  • Team Consulting
  • Université Paris Sud
  • Wockhardt (UK) Ltd

I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

Nicola Swan, Technical Writter, Allergy Therapeutics

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

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

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

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

I enjoyed every minute of Barbara's lecture

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

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

The course content covered everything I required.

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

The content of the course was very valuable and in particular [it offered a] practical allowing implementation [on] the very next day at work. It was presented in a very clear and logical way by the speaker who had a wealth of knowledge and experience. What a pleasure and honor to meet and work with Barbara.

Natalie Tsolaki, Medical Manager, Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH

All management forum staff were very friendly. The day was informative but also nicely informal and the staff contributed to setting the tone. This made for a very enjoyable training experience.

Natalie Shortt, Human Factors Consultant, Medical Device Usability

Good content and presentation. Fun and interactive speaker

Faiz Aziz, Technologist , Colorcon

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

Very in-depth, useful and enjoyable course. Thank you.

Sophie Andrews, Medical Affairs Assistant, Nutricia

Content was informative and presented very well. Speaker was clear in the delivery of content.

Andrew Hafford, QC Manager, ProMetic Biosciences Ltd

The course was very helpful in terms of common technical mistakes in medical writing.

Sviatlana Starchenka, Method Development Scientist, Allergy Therapeutics Ltd

Useful for professionals writing regulatory responses and academic reviews

Sviatlana Starchenka, Method Development Scientist, Allergy Therapeutics Ltd