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Master Class on Writing Research for Publication


Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, October 19, 2017
Hotel 71 Soixante & Onze, Quebec City, Canada

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Enhance your scholarly writing by attending this intensive, 2-1/2 day course in historic Old Quebec. This course will provide you with a unique opportunity to step away from day-to-day distractions and focus on your scholarly writing.

Who Should Attend

Health sciences researchers, clinical researchers, social sciences researchers, education professionals, health education professionals.

Participants should have personal experience trying to get their work published, i.e. should have written at least one manuscript in recent past and submitted it to a journal, although it does not have to have been accepted. Participants will maximize their learning if they bring an in-progress manuscript to work on during the Master Class.

Past Participants' Experiences
  "Each session was worthwhile and engaging - not an easy achievement! I have a better sense of how to approach a writing project - my own or someone else's. I learned strategies that can be adapted to a wide range of projects."
  "The individual writing time gave us the opportunity to immediately apply the principles to our own work."
  "The master class gave me language and a practical approach for 'cleaning up' my writing."
  "The most important thing I learned is that your paper is not a report of what you did, it is the story of what you learned."
  "Overall, fantastic! I feel like I am leaving with a toolbox full of tips, tricks and tactics to immediately apply to my own writing. Thank you!"
  "I rediscovered the joy of writing."

Course Highlights

•   expert writing instruction for scholarly publication
•   powerful strategies for increasing persuasiveness and clarity
•   useful pearls to demystify grammar
•   helpful approaches for editing others' writing
•   small group instruction with individualized feedback
•   dedicated time to write and revise a work-in-progress

Curriculum Overview

Participants should expect to be available days and evenings to fully participate in facilitated learning modules, one-on-one consultations, and self-directed writing sessions.

Core Lessons
Problem/Gap/Hook: How to Write an Effective Introduction
Mapping the Gap: How to Persuasively Present the Existing Literature
Telling a Story: How to Organize Your Results and Discussion

Writing Strategies
Editing for Clarity
Almost Accepted! How to Respond to Reviewers

Grammar Pearls
Mastering Sentence Structure
Avoiding Prepositional Pile-Up
Enlisting the Power of the Verb

Individual Writing Time
Draft/Revise Your Opening
Draft/Revise Your Lit Review

One-on-One Consultation with Faculty

Course Lead

Lorelei Lingard

Lorelei Lingard, PhD
CERI Director; Professor, Department of Medicine
Expert academic writer and writing instructor; rhetorician and lover of language

Facilitation Team


Sayra Cristancho, PhD
CERI Scientist; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Adaptive and process-driven writer; engineer fascinated with writing style and structure


Mark Goldszmidt, MD, MHPE, PhD
CERI Associate Director; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Education researcher and reviewer; clinician-scientist with a passion for getting the story right


Chris Watling, MD, PhD
CERI Scientist; Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences
Academic writer and editor; believer in the power of a great sentence


$2,825.00 Canadian which includes:
•   2-1/2 days of expert writing instruction, a one-on-one consultation with faculty, dedicated time to
     write/revise a work-in-progress
•   course materials, a writing styles publication, links to additional writing resources
•   breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks

Tuition does not include:
•   accommodations, travel-related costs, evening meals


To register click here.

The fall 2017 Master Class is offered as a pre-conference option of the 2017 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). If this is the first time you are registering for an ICRE event please create a profile, proceed through the ICRE online registration process, and select the following options:

Step 2  4) Pre- and/or post-conference
Step 4  Masterclass on Writing Research for Publication

Registrations will be processed on a first come, first served bases and confirmed upon payment of tuition. Anticipated course size is 25 people.

Course Location & Accommodations

Hotel 71 Soixante & Onze
71, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec QC G1K 4A4

A link to a preferred-rate accommodation block will be provided to registered participants.

The Master Class on Writing Research for Publication is offered jointly by the Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).