Effective Technical Writing & Editing (London, United Kingdom - September 24, 2019)

  • ID: 4702066
  • Conference
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • 1 Day
  • Management Forum
  • Conference Dates: September 24, 2019
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Expert advice on how to write and edit scientific and medical texts, technical documents and those documents needed for regulatory submission.

About this course

This interactive course will provide a practical guide to the foundations of effective technical writing and editing. With a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises and text review sessions, this course will enable you to improve your writing and editing skills, and apply them to your role in the workplace.

Key benefits of attending:

  • Gain practical tips to improve your writing and editing skills
  • Ensure you consider logic, text flow and wordiness, as well as accuracy
  • Learn how to improve readability - be kind to your reader
  • Discuss techniques for tables, graphs and flow charts
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Introduction and welcome

Overview of writing and editing – substantive and technical aspects, for example:

- Considering logic, text flow and wordiness, as well as accuracy
- Looking at details, such as language editing, reference style, abbreviations and acronyms
- Preparing a clear message for the intended reader

Punctuation specifics

- Why punctuate?

- Punctuation marks including:
- Paired punctuation marks
- Serial commas
- Bulleted lists
- Apostrophes


Further improving readability – being kind to your reader, for example:

- Rewriting texts for maximum effectiveness
- Improving tables, graphs and flow charts

Final checks including proofreading

- Why this is more than just a spell check

- The practicalities

Writing tips and tools

- Software
- Checklists
- Style guides
- Systematic checks

Working with co-authors and editors, reviewers and other team members

- Upfront decisions
- Giving feedback effectively

Final discussion

Close of meeting

Practical hands-on exercises and text review sessions will take place throughout the day.
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Barbara Grossman (15 Feb 2019)

Barbara Grossman has a passion for proofreading, quality control, and education. She is a biochemist by training and a medical writer, editor and teacher by profession, with 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before starting her own medical writing and consultancy business (Hawkeye Medical Limited), she built up and managed the medical writing group at Covance, the contract research organisation, working in a wide range of therapeutic areas. She has given professional development training at educational institutions and organisations such as the DIA (Drug Information Association – Europe and USA), EMWA (European Medical Writers Association) and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), and has led many company-internal training courses. Barbara is an honorary member of EMWA, was Treasurer 1998–2005, has been an EMWA workshop leader since 2001, served on EMWA’s Education Committee 2010–2018, was the Education Officer for 2 years until 2016, and since May 2018 is EMWA’s Vice-President. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal.

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This course has been designed for all those writing or editing scientific and medical texts, as well as technical documents, including those who prepare documents for regulatory submissions.

The course will be relevant for anyone preparing texts about pharmaceutical and veterinary products and medical devices. It is suitable for native and non-native English speakers.

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Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl,
United Kingdom


The Rembrandt Hotel is located at 11 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2RS. The hotel’s location in central London couldn’t be better, whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. You’ll be right between two of London’s most fashionable areas – South Kensington and Knightsbridge – within walking distance of museums, theatres, Harrods and Hyde Park.

You can hop on the Tube at South Kensington and take the District, Circle or Piccadilly lines direct to the City of London, Heathrow Airport and all other areas of the city. Look out of your window and you may well see the Victoria and Albert Museum – it’s right across the street.

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