UCAR ESL Writing Workshop: Improving Your Writing Style - Six Ways to Increase the Readability of Your Manuscript

2:30-4:00pm, 15 May 2013, FL2-1001By Debra Biasca, JD, PhD

While using correct grammar is certainly a requirement for professionalism and maintaining credibility in your field, scientific writing experts agree that writing for the reader is crucial; and stylistic errors can present barriers to getting your message across to readers. 

This workshop will provide you with explicit tools based on writing style that you can apply to improve the readability of your own manuscripts.  You will also have an opportunity to practice using these tools. While this workshop can be helpful for native and non-native speakers who want to improve their writing, it should be particularly helpful for non-native speakers from cultures where readability is not a primary concern.

To make the most of this workshop, attendees should read “The Science of Scientific Writing” by George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swann (American Scientist, Nov-Dec 1990, Volume 78, 550-558, posted with permission at

To make sure that we have a proper room for all participants, please email Leiwen Jiang if you plan to participate in this workshop.

* Debra Biasca received her PhD in Linguistic in 1999, after a first career as an attorney.  She is now teaching scientific writing for the Physics Department at CU Boulder. Her students come from a variety of departments, including biochemistry, geology, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, aeronautical engineering, and physics.  She has also assisted engineers and scientists in our community and beyond with writing projects that include journal articles, books, and grant proposals.   Debra also coaches academic writers and teaches ESL and other foreign languages (French and Yiddish) to children and adults.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 2:30pm