EARLIER EVENTS :: 2015 :: Workshops

The Science of Scientific Writing

Presented by Writing - research articles, grant proposals, reports, books - is the bread and butter of researchers. To succeed in academia, how effectively a researcher communicates her research is as important as the quality of her work. But when a student graduates and is catapulted into the real world, almost no one will care about how hard she worked on a piece of writing nor how much better a job she did compared to last time. In the working world, the one question that matters is: Did the reader actually get delivery of what the writer intended to send? If the answer is “yes”, the writing was good enough; if the answer is “no”, then no matter how brilliant her research may have been or how dazzling the writing might sound, it was not good enough. By treating writing as a craft, this workshop will seek to provide the tools required for a young researcher to become a better writer (see below for more information). If writing is treated as a craft, it means two things: one, most of us with a reasonable command over the English language can become better writers; two, writing is hard work. But with the tools provided at the workshop, a young researcher can embark on a journey towards becoming a skilled writer. Main aims and goals:Whether a piece of writing is “good” or “bad” depends entirely on the response it produces in the mind of the reader. The goal of this workshop is to take that which one already knows intuitively as a reader and make that knowledge available to her consciously as a writer. Target audience:Graduate Students (and anyone else interested in becoming a better writer). Workshop organisers:Karthik Ramaswamy