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Master Class on Writing Research for Publication

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Sunday, May 31 to Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Bayfield, Ontario, Canada

Enhance your scholarly writing by attending this intensive 2½ day course in beautiful Bayfield, Ontario

Located approximately one hour northwest of London and three hours west of Toronto, this relaxed and picturesque community on the eastern shore of Lake Huron will provide participants with a unique opportunity to step away from day-to-day distractions, focus on writing and be inspired by new surroundings.

The course will commence 3:00 p.m. Sunday and conclude 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Participants should expect to be available days and evenings throughout this time period to fully participate in facilitated learning modules as well as self-directed writing sessions.

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

Course Highlights

•   Expert writing instruction for scholarly publication
•   Powerful strategies for increasing persuasiveness and clarity
•   Useful pearls to demystify grammar
•   Small group instruction with individualized feedback
•   Dedicated time to write and revise a work-in-progress

Curriculum Overview

Core Lesson                  Problem/Gap/Hook: How to write an effective introduction
Individual Writing Time  Revise opening paragraph of your research paper

Core Lesson                  Mapping the gap: How to persuasively present the existing literature
Grammar Pearl              Enlisting the power of the verb
Individual Writing Time  Revise intro and lit review
Grammar Pearl              Avoiding death by preposition
Optional                         1-on-1 meeting with faculty

Optional                         1-on-1 meeting with faculty
Core Lesson                  Telling a story: How to organize your results and discussion
Grammar Pearl              Mastering sentence structure
Individual Writing Time  Revise main results and/or discussion story
Core Lesson                  Editing for clarity

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


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


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


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

Course Fee

$1,740.00 Canadian (includes 13% HST)

The course fee includes:
•    tuition and course materials
•    accommodation at The Little Inn of Bayfield on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1
•    breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday, June 1
•    breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, June 2

Who Should Attend

Participants from a range of research backgrounds (eg. health professions education, health sciences research, social sciences research, education) are welcome.

Each participant 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.

The course will not focus on English as a Second Language (ESL) writing challenges.

How To Attend

To apply to attend, email the following information and attachments to by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015:
•    name
•    affiliation (organization or school)
•    department
•    contact information
•    research focus
•    attachments:
      i)  a writing sample (approx 3,000 words) of a research manuscript, in-progress or recently completed
      ii) summary CV (max 2 pages) highlighting your recent publication history, including abstracts.

All applications will be reviewed by the Master Class Selection Committee. Successful applicants will be contacted on or by Monday, April 20 with an invitation to attend and a link to register online. To confirm attendance, invitees will be required to register online, with payment, by Friday, April 24.

To ensure the best student experience, enrollment will be limited to 25 participants.


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (15.25 hours).
This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 15.25 MAINPRO-M1 credits.
Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.25 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.