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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.

23 Sep 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

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23 Sep 2021
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
23 Sep 2021
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 699 599
EUR 979 839
USD 1,090 934
Until 12 Aug*
Enrol now
to attend
(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
24 Sep 2021
Live webinar
24 Sep 2021
Live webinar
GBP 599 499
EUR 859 719
USD 970 814
Until 13 Aug*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar

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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Previous customers include...

  • Alan Boyd Consultants Ltd
  • Allergy Therapeutics
  • B. Braun Pharmaceuticals SA
  • Beyond Conception GmbH
  • Cancer Research UK
  • DLRC Ltd
  • Elekta Limited
  • Gaming Technical Solutions Ltd
  • Genae Associates NV
  • Genethics Regulatory Services Ltd
  • GSK
  • Innomedica
  • Knowledge Specialist Ltd
  • Martindale Pharma
  • MedinCell S.A.
  • MeiraGTx
  • MHRA
  • MHRA - Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Molnlycke Health Care
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmatech
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Plasma Industries Belgium
  • Prometic Biosciences
  • Regulis Consulting Ltd
  • Renaissance Lakewood
  • Sanofi Aventis Recherche et Développement
  • Statens Serum Institut
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Wockhardt (UK) Ltd

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

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

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

I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

Nicola Swan, Technical Writter, Allergy Therapeutics, Feb 19