Writing for Publication Bootcamp


Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:00am to 5:00pm


TMEC 306, 260 Longwood Ave.

Facilitator: Kathy Brenner, Writing Consultant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Instructor at Friedman School of Nutrition/Tufts University.

Description: Writing a manuscript for journal publication is a daunting task. Because language matters, using correct grammar, appropriate vocabulary, and complex sentence structures can be mystifying. Many postdoctoral fellows recognize that this kind of writing can also be an isolating activity and that finding motivation can sometimes be difficult. To counteract these hurdles, the HMS Office of Postdoctoral Fellows is offering a writing boot camp to help you make progress on your research manuscript while sharing the space with the support of your peers and a professional writing consultant. Moving around the room, answering questions, and discussing your writing, the writing consultant will assist you with writing conventions, strategies, and techniques that will support the linguistic and structural underpinnings of the manuscript content. This bootcamp is limited to 16 participants, application submission is required. Please note updated start time of 10:00am
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The boot camp provides a quiet space with minimal distractions, a writing regimen/routine, peer motivation, and access to a facilitator with writing expertise. The goal is to help you become better writers. Instead of simply producing better papers, the aim is to begin the process of critically evaluating and refining your own writing.

Bring your laptop and all the materials you need to achieve your writing goals, and we will provide the food, the space, and some peace and quiet to write efficiently.

Participants should plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire session. Cell phones must be turned off and Internet usage must be restricted to research. While peer-to-peer review is encouraged, social conversation will be confined to the dedicated break and lunch areas.

Application is now closed (5.30.18)

Draft schedule (as of 5/29/2018 - subject to change)
10:00 – 10:15 am – Sign in, set up, set goals for the day, breakfast
10:15 – 11:45 am – Writing/with teaching moments
11:45 – 12:00 pm – Break for snacks & stretching session
12:00 -1:00 pm – Writing/with teaching moments
1:00 -2:00 – Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 pm – Writing/with teaching moments
3:30 – 3:45 pm – Break for snacks & stretching session
3:45 – 4:45 pm – Writing/with teaching moments
4:45 – 5:00 pm – Accountability session