Vollum Writing Program

Training in Professional Science Writing for OHSU Researchers

The Vollum Writing Program is an in-depth, 4-week professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. This class uses short lectures, class discussion, and workshop-style writing assignments, as well as individual sessions, to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants. The emphasis is on improving writing style. Topics include:
  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure;
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage;
  • Strategies for revising;
  • Dealing with writer's block and time management;
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals.
The course will help you improve your writing quickly by helping you understand the needs and expectations of different audiences. The course will also help you become a better editor and reviewer. Students are expected to spend time outside of class writing but only on grants and papers they are actually working on.

In addition to the weekly workshop, you'll receive individual meetings with the instructor. These meetings are tailored to your needs, with the goal of helping you finish manuscripts and grants.

Prerequisites:There are no prerequisites for this noncredit, professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about.

When? Four sessions per year (winter, spring, summer, fall) on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Individual meeting times arranged by appointment.

Upcoming sessions

Winter 2018: January 10 through 31
Spring 2018: April 4 through 25
Summer 2018: July 11 through August 1
Fall 2018: September 26 through October 17

Where? Vollum 4M

Costs? No fees are assessed for NGP students, second-year PMCB students, and Vollum researchers; other participants will be charged a $500 fee.  

Questions? Email OHSU Research Development or call 503-494-3124.

Register for the class

Non-OHSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are actively writing are welcome to participate in this course; however, you must have an OHSU user name and password to register through the link above. If you are interested in taking this class, please email OHSU Research Development with your professional contact information.