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CERI Master Class on Writing Research for Publication

Monday, April 11 to Thursday, 14, 2016 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Enhance your scholarly writing by attending this intensive 4-day course in beautiful Montreal, Quebec!

This vibrant and picturesque city, located on the shores of Canada's historic St. Lawrence Seaway, will provide participants with a unique opportunity to step away from day-to-day distractions, be inspired by new surroundings and focus on writing.

The course will commence 9:00 a.m. Monday and conclude Thursday afternoon. 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 2016 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
•   helpful approaches for editing others' writing
•   small group instruction with individualized feedback
•   dedicated time to write and revise a work-in-progress

Curriculum Overview

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
Reflecting on research design: The art of limitations
Editing for clarity

Grammar Pearls
Enlisting the power of the verb
Paragraphing and coherence
Using parallel structure effectively
Mastering sentence structure
Avoiding prepositional pile-up

Individual Writing Time
Draft or revise opening paragraph 
Revise lit review section 
Revise main results and/or discussion story
Edit one section of your paper

1-on-1 meetings 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


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

To be advised

Who Should Attend

Health sciences 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.

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

How To Attend

If you would like to receive news and updates about the Master Class on Writing Research for Publication, please email with your preferred contact information.

To submit an application to the 2016 Master Class, email with the following information and attachments:
•    name
•    affiliation (department, organization or school)
•    contact information
•    research focus
•    attachments:
      i)  writing sample of an in-progress or recently completed research manuscript (approx 3,000 words)
      ii) summary CV (max 2 pages) highlighting your recent publication history, including abstracts

Please note: once you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to you within 2 business days. If you do not receive an email, please re-submit your application. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Master Class Selection Committee. Following review and acceptance, a link will be provided for online registration and course fee payment. 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 (17.25 hours).

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 17.25 MAINPRO-M1 credits.

Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17.25 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.

This program has no commercial support.