Editing Your Own Work (After you've read it 1000 times)

Duration: 60 Minutes
Instructor: Hope J Lafferty
Webinar Id: 800680


One Attendee


In this webinar, Hope will present the lessons she's learned over her career as a science and medical writer and editor. By identifying simple solutions to common problems, writers at every level will have tools to improve their ability to edit, proofread, and finalize their manuscripts, grants, presentations, and technical documents with greater facility.

To teach basic editorial practices in biomedical communications, this program outlines:

  • Common problems in writing scientific and technical documents that we need to correct before final approval and submission but that we often overlook
  • Common problems in how we read material that we've read and rewritten many times
  • How to approach documents with fresh eyes and spot mistakes with greater speed and accuracy
  • The important of planning and scheduling an editorial phase to written projects and how to make the most of the time we have

Why should you attend: This webinar is geared toward any scientist, researcher, or technical writer that also must edit their own work.

For many professionals, writing was a skill that they learned on the job. Perhaps a mentor instilled a preferred style or perhaps other documents and style guides served as models for writing. Editing, on the other hand, is rarely taught and is often viewed as revision or rewriting. Because of this, the question becomes after you've edited or rewritten a document several times, how do you know when to stop?

Conversely, after you and your team have spent hours, weeks, or months producing a document, you might dread the idea of reading that document one last time. You start to gloss over sections that you know you've checked. You find yourself skimming or drifting off or hurried to meet a deadline. You decide it's good enough. You submit the document. You take a break. You reread what you submitted and you catch either glaring or simple errors and inconsistencies that make you wince.

This fun and informative program is designed to help professionals that write to improve their editing and proofreading skills so that they may produce impeccable documents that are error-free and easier to read.
Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Common Writing Mistakes That Are Easy to Miss
  • Common Problems in How We Review Our Work
  • Best Editorial Practices

Who Will Benefit:
  • MDs
  • PhDs
  • Early Career Researchers
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Junior Faculty
  • Statisticians
  • Department Chairs
Speaker Profile
Hope J. Lafferty, AM, ELS As a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences, Hope has more than 20 years' experience as a science editor. In the mid-1990s, Hope served as marketing director for one of the first Internet broadcasters in Austin, Texas. From there, she worked for many years as a technical writer at the Department of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she developed a style guide for standards and practices in the process industry. She then worked as an editorial manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York in the Departments of Urology and Medicine. In 2009, Hope started her own consultancy, where she works with scientist-writers in the pharmaceutical industry and in academic environments.

Hope has led seminars at the annual conferences of the Council of Science Editors and the American Medical Writers Association, as well as at the University of Houston, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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