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Effective Technical Writing & Editing Training Course

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

1 Dec 2021

& 9 Feb 2022 , 15 Jun 2022 , 30 Sep 2022 , 14 Dec 2022

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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.

Programme

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

Presenter

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 was EMWA's President for 1 year until May 2020. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal.

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1 Dec 2021
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
1 Dec 2021
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 699 599
EUR 979 839
USD 1,090 934
Until 27 Oct*
Enrol now
to attend
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy
9 Feb 2022
Live webinar
9 Feb 2022
Live webinar
GBP 599 499
EUR 859 719
USD 970 814
Until 5 Jan 22*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar
15 Jun 2022
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
15 Jun 2022
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 699 599
EUR 979 839
USD 1,090 934
Until 11 May 22*
Enrol now
to attend
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy
30 Sep 2022
Live webinar
30 Sep 2022
Live webinar
GBP 599 499
EUR 859 719
USD 970 814
Until 26 Aug 22*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar
14 Dec 2022
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
14 Dec 2022
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 699 599
EUR 979 839
USD 1,090 934
Until 9 Nov 22*
Enrol now
to attend
Face-to-face
(venue not yet confirmed)
  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

Learn more about our face-to-face and webinar training formats.

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 6 hours for your CPD records.
More about CPD

Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • Animalcare Ltd
  • Ares Trading S.A.
  • Beyond Conception GmbH
  • Blue Reg Pharma Consult
  • CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd
  • DLRC Ltd
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Elekta Limited
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Genae Associates NV
  • Genethics Regulatory Services Ltd
  • GSK
  • INNATE PHARMA
  • Knowledge Specialist Ltd
  • Martindale Pharma
  • MeiraGTx
  • Merck Serono
  • Molnlycke Health Care
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Nutricia
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Regulis Consulting Ltd
  • Renaissance Lakewood
  • Sanofi Aventis Recherche et Développement
  • Statens Serum Institut
  • Team Consulting
  • University of Southern Denmark

I enjoyed the course and learnt more tips on preparing better quality documentation.

Louisa Dew, Regulatory Affairs Consultant, NDA Regulatory Science Ltd, Sep 21

An enjoyable and interesting course with good participant interaction. I believe I am now better equipped to prepare quality documentation with improved accuracy and readability.

Jessica Fischer, Safety Medical Writer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Sep 21

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager, Secretary, University of Southern Denmark, Feb 21

The webinar was highly informative and I would recommend it to a colleague.

Pascal Häfliger, R&D Scientist, Innomedica, Feb 21

The webinar is very relevant and helpful. The content is interesting and covers a wide range of topics related to writing and editing. The speaker has a great expertise on the topic and is able to present and share her knowledge in a pleasant way. Moreover, the material provided will be quite useful as it is full with tools and tips.

Ania Mayorga, Technical Writer, Novo Nordisk A/S, Feb 21

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager, Secretary, University of Southern Denmark, Feb 21

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager, Secretary, University of Southern Denmark, Feb 21

I liked the examples, making the topics more understandable. [Barbara] was clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, created a relaxed atmosphere and provided many relatable examples.

Milena Roux, Technical Writer, Novo Nordisk, Feb 21

I would definitely recommend this course. It was very interactive. Also these private rooms worked pretty well, great idea to have smaller group brainstorming sessions!

Isabelle SABOUNTCHI, Senior Consultant, Medical Devices, Beyond Conception GmbH, Sep 20

The course was good and interesting especially on editing.

Michela Padovani, Alfasigma Sp.A., Sep 20

The trainer demonstrated competency in the course area. The virtual learning was optimised through plenty of interactively throughout the day, I wish more courses offered more interactive sessions!

Sacha Lynch, Regulatory Manager, Regulis Consulting, Sep 20

Particularly liked the breakout rooms where we can share our thoughts and discuss fruitfully in smaller groups and this helps to also make us connect better despite being new to this course and also to the virtual platform.

Shirley Lam, PhD student, Sep 20

I wanted to gain knowledge on effective and concise writing skills from this webinar & I think this webinar has clearly given me some insights into the typical mistakes that people make while writing any scientific document thus I feel this webinar has certainly helped me gain some valuable insights to get me started.

Shekar Subramanian, Associate Scientist - Formulations, Renaissance Lakewood , Sep 20

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

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