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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, Duke Engineering offers scientific and technical writing courses for doctoral students each semester. 

2018 Workshop

General Science Writing Workshop:  Making Texts Clear and Concise

This workshop was a series of five 1.5-hour workshops designed to help make writing as clear and strong as possible. Workshop topics included clarity, conciseness, cohesion, organization, common errors, and “putting it all together” in research proposals and scientific papers.

Instructor Bio: Elizabeth Paley

Science Writing Workshops are taught by Elizabeth Paley, who has taught numerous science-writing workshops at Duke and the University of Freiburg in Germany since 2010. She holds an MS in Astronomy and a PhD in Music Theory. She has been published in a variety of venues, including The Astrophysical Journal, Nineteenth-Century Music, and The Chronicle for Higher Education.


For more information about Duke Engineering Science Writing workshops, please contact Sara Faust at