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Writing for Publication

    Peer Editing Research Manuscripts for Clarity
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 9/27/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    “Don’t worry about the content. Just tell me if it sounds right.” Sometimes colleagues ask you to evaluate the flow and language of their drafts. This session will give editors and writers specific strategies for editing paragraphs and sentences for the clearest possible meaning. You’ll also learn how to point writers to the right verb tense and how to trim sentences without trimming meaning.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Help other writers improve their paragraphs
    • Help clarify sentence structure
    • Suggest the right verb tense
    • Trim sentences without trimming meaning


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Proofreading Research Manuscripts
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 10/4/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    Many writers feel anxiety about handing their manuscripts over to a judge, even if it’s just a peer. However, having someone else proofread and give a manuscript feedback increases the chance that it will get published. In our collaborative world, good peer editors should know how to respect the writer, build trust, and fix some errors. This session helps improve communication between the peer editor and the writer by defining inoffensive ways to give feedback. It also shares specific proofreading strategies for finding errors.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Build trust to avoid giving offense with comments
    • Give purposeful feedback that improves drafts
    • Proofread carefully to ensure correctness


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Key Steps in Writing--and Publishing--Your Manuscript
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 10/15/2018
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    This presentation provides advice on how to be more organized and less overwhelmed when you write your next manuscript. It also focuses on key elements of manuscript writing, with a focus on engaging an editor’s attention.

    Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    • List the key points to keep in mind when starting a manuscript
    • Identify the parts of the manuscript readers are most likely to see and common methods for improving them


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Find the Time: Tools & Tips for Prioritizing and Collaborating
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 1/15/2019
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    The purpose of this 55-minute investment of your time is to give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Practicing well-tested methods used by some of the most productive people in history, you can enhance how you prioritize your commitments and interruptions. Also, in this period of change at Jefferson, you may need to collaborate with others who can help you get things done. Finding helpful collaborators helps you find time. We’ll look at the big picture of your pie and how to slice it into its most productive pieces.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Assess what they spend their time doing
    • Prioritize their activities using the Eisenhower matrix
    • Protect their time
    • Identify where collaboration and delegation would help
    • Ask for collaboration


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    5 Habits Of Successful Writers — and Ways To Foster Them In Your Own Writing
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 1/24/2019
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, and yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

    Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    • Describe how the writing process can be improved
    • Relate practical ways to integrate these habits to achieve individual writing goals process


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    How to Write Better Abstracts
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 2/21/2019
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
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    What do you look for when you are researching abstracts? What barriers prevent you from finding what you need? Perhaps the abstract wasn’t as clear as it could be. The purpose of this course is to offer research writers a tool and process for writing abstracts that make it easier for your readers to find your published work. This course focuses on unpacking the elements that define a well-crafted abstract and helping you write one.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Explain why abstracts are important
    • Define what makes an abstract bad or good
    • Use a simple tool to design better abstracts



    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.