WRITE THE GOOD WRITE

A weekly seminar to write (30 min) and talk about writing (20 min), in reverse order.

BIME 591B ~ TUESDAYS 11:30-12:20 ~ T530

CLASS SCHEDULE

OCT 2

  • Introductions
  • Brainstorm potential topics
  • Pick discussion topics for the rest of the quarter
  • Discussion: describing your research

OCT 9

  • Discussion (20 min): writing for academics vs. writing accessibly: can you do both? / what is good writing?
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

OCT 16

  • Discussion (20 min): writing habits / writing problems / writing anxieties / writers block
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

OCT 23

  • Discussion (20 min): writing reviews / editing and giving feedback
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

OCT 30

  • Discussion (20 min): Sonu's Soapbox; or, the pitfalls of prescriptive grammar
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

NOV 6

AMIA -- no meeting

NOV 13

  • Discussion (20 min): collaborative writing: tools, tricks, terrors / acknowledgment of authorship
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

NOV 20

  • Discussion (20 min): writing a large document: tracking ideas and connecting works
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

NOV 27

  • Discussion (20 min): abstract / connecting findings to implications / framing the contribution
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

DEC 4

  • Discussion (20 min): polishing a draft into a final document PLUS SNACKS
  • Writing/Editing (30 min)

DEC 11

Finals Week (no meeting)

potential discussion topics

  • Sonu's Soapbox; or, the pitfalls of prescriptive grammar
  • writing for academics vs. writing accessibly: can you do both?
  • writing memos
  • editing someone else's work: how much is too much?
  • what is good writing?
  • strategies for breaking through writer's block
  • writing habits
  • biggest writing problems
  • writing anxieties
  • how to write a good abstract
  • learning how to write reviews - what level to give feedback on, when, how
  • describing your research
  • writing vs. editing your own work: write drunk edit sober
  • formatting for specific venues
  • strategies for collaborative writing
  • how to polish the draft into a publishable work
  • connecting findings with discussion/conclusions: what's the line between connecting and repeating
  • writing a large document (e.g. thesis): tracking ideas, connecting and synthesizing different works