These classes are designed for students with a good background in English grammar and reading.
The larger issues of how to structure and write a scientific article are not covered in these courses. The writing courses may be taken in any order, but Writing 3 is more beneficial if taken after Writing 1 & 2.
Please do not sign up for more than two classes during a session.
Writing 1: Writing Coherent Paragraphs
This course focuses on how students can make their paragraphs easier to read by using techniques such as correct placement of information, clear establishment of topic and purpose, effective use of key words, and emphasis of important information. Writing forceful topic sentences and choosing appropriate organizational patterns, along with combining sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, are also covered. A variety of scientific journal articles will be analyzed based on the techniques studied in class. Students are strongly encouraged to bring in their own writing—pre-publication papers, lab reports, protocols, etc.—for class analysis.
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Writing 2: Making Your Sentences Flow
This course will help students write sentences that encourage readers to continue reading what the author has written. Concepts including the logical placement of topical, given, and new information; appropriate repetition of important information; effective parallel structure; and the correct order of short and long phrases will be introduced and practiced. Grammar topics include proper use of articles and passive voice. A variety of scientific journal articles will be analyzed based on the techniques studied in class. Students are strongly encouraged to bring in their own writing—pre-publication papers, lab reports, protocols, etc.—for class analysis.
June 15 - August 14
August 4 - September 17
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Writing 3: Editing Your Own Writing
Students in this course will learn techniques to make their own writing more readable and efficient, along with how to ensure that it conforms to the conventions of professional scientific writing. Concepts discussed in the class include using adjective clauses and participial phrases to make sentences more interesting; combining and separating sentences intelligently; using signal words for focus; and making one’s writing concise, precise, and correct. A variety of scientific journal articles will be analyzed based on the techniques studied in class. In order to get the most out of this class, students should be currently working on writing of their own and be willing to bring it to class for analysis.