Science Writing Workshops

From grant proposals to peer reviewed publications, writing is a critical career skill for PhD candidates. As part of an ongoing professional development effort focused on doctoral students, Pratt offers a scientific and technical writing course for doctoral students each semester. 

Upcoming Workshop

General Science Writing Workshop: Making Texts Clear and Concise – Open to all Pratt MS and PhD Students

  • Dates: Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 2015
  • Time: 8:30  – 10:00 a.m., Light breakfast provided
  • Location: Hudson 216
  • Registration Required

This workshop is a series of five 1.5-hour workshops designed to help make your writing as clear and strong as possible.
Workshop topics will include clarity, conciseness, cohesion, organization, common errors, and “putting it all together” in research proposals and scientific papers. You’ll develop a toolbox of strategies for crafting, evaluating, and revising texts. Throughout the workshop, text examples will come directly from participants’ own writing. As a participant, you will be asked to submit writing samples in advance.

Our Writing Workshop Instructor:

The course instructor is Elizabeth Paley, who led academic writing workshops for six years at the Duke Writing Studio before branching out on a freelance basis; she has taught numerous science-writing workshops at Duke and the University of Freiburg (Germany) since 2010. With an MS in Astronomy and a PhD in Music Theory, she has publications in a variety of venues, including The Astrophysical Journal, Nineteenth-Century Music, and The Chronicle for Higher Education.

To register or for more information, please contact Sara Faust at