Preparation Strategies for Science Writing: Strategizing Before the Draft - Genre Analysis & Invention


Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


TMEC 447, 260 Longwood Ave.

Workshop Facilitator:
Leslie Ann Roldan, Lecturer II, MIT
Description: Scientists are not immune to writer’s block, and a variety of genres (e.g., research article, grant proposal, literature review) poses an additional challenge in developing a story. One way to facilitate the process is to analyze the choices made by the author(s) of a document, and considering how those choices apply to the situation (e.g., purpose and audience) of your own communication form. This interactive workshop will cover effective strategies for identifying and evaluating the rhetorical choices of others, and techniques for crafting your aim and narrative.
Please email and bring a hard copy of 1-2 published samples of a genre you intend to produce.
Email the samples to by Friday, August 11

Note: registration is limited to 20 for this workshop. Preference will be given to Quad-based postdocs.

Speaker’s Background: Lecturer in MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program since 2005, primarily teaching in the Biology Department (7.02, 7.18), Biological Engineering (20.109), and Chemistry (5.36). BA in English (Stanford); PhD in Biology (MIT).

Preparation Strategies for Science Writing