Tired of taking too long to write your journal articles?

As a former scientist myself, I understand. You are busy in the lab getting data as well as teaching (not to mention all that marking). On top of that you may have caring duties, whether it be looking after children or other family members. The last thing you feel like doing when you get home is working on your manuscript. So you try to find time to do your writing during work hours but, even if you plan to write, something else comes up that is more urgent.

What if I said that there was a way to get your writing done efficiently? A process you could follow with support from a community as well?

Malini Devadas

Clear, Concise and Compelling

A course where you will learn how to:

Make regular time to write

Create a story

write a draft

Edit the final manuscript

Having worked as an editor, trainer and writing coach for the past 15 years, I see just how many academics are taking way too long to write their papers. Don’t get me wrong -- writing is a slow process. However, there is a difference between taking time to write a high-quality paper that has the best chance of being published and spending months (even years) fiddling with minor word changes or, worse still, procrastinating on finalising and submitting the article to a journal.

How the course works

  • You will get ongoing access to this course after the 8 weeks. So don’t worry if you fall behind for whatever reason — we’ve got you covered. The best thing is that you can use this system time and time again, for each and every paper you write.
  • You will also be able to join an online community of like-minded people who are also working on their papers. You can receive support from the group and also help others meet their writing goals. The more you put in, the more you get out.

The benefits

You may be wondering why you would need a course to help you do part of your job, one that you may have been doing for years. If you’re skeptical, I would ask you see if any of these statements resonate with you:

  • You are too busy to do much writing, unless a deadline is looming.
  • You can have papers sitting as drafts for a year or more.
  • You try to prioritise writing but find that other things become more important.
  • You don’t feel confident in your writing skills.
  • You spend a lot of time writing papers but much of that is spent ‘fiddling’, doing minor wordsmithing.

If any of these sounds like you, think about what it would be like to be given a writing process to follow, motivation to make time to write and a supportive community to help you change your habits, once and for all.

You will write dozens of paper in your career, and what you learn in this course is something you can use over and over again, for many years to come. More importantly, the time you will save from writing more efficiently can be used for many of the other things you need to do each and every week.

What does it cost?

This e-course costs $550.  ​

Price is in Australian dollars and includes GST for Australian residents.

Interested to hear what others have to say?

"This e-course offers fabulous tools and practical strategies for thinking and planning out writing projects effectively. Putting these strategies in place has freed up my time and my writing. Here’s to ending painstaking, time-consuming labour on ‘dud’ drafts!"

AH, Assistant Professor, Canberra

Before doing this course, my writing lacked focus -- I was going around in circles trying to cover too many ideas. I’ve attended a few ‘writing for publication workshops’ before and feared that this course might be much of the same. However, I found the videos and workbooks really practical. The online Q&A sessions were great and helped keep me motivated and accountable. Additionally, Malini was responsive to my needs and willing to offer her advice. The most useful thing I got from this e-course was taking the time to think about my readership and the story I wanted to tell. I recommend doing this course if you want to communicate a clear, concise and compelling story about your research.

NP, Senior Lecturer, Sydney

In 2017 I found myself in the difficult situation of needing to write an academic paper but having not the faintest idea of where to start. I had no background in research or writing and was completely overwhelmed. Not only did Malini get me motivated and started, she taught me the importance and value of taking time to write. I now have the skills to communicate what I am thinking in academic paper form and a paper that is enjoyable and informative to read.

KB, Paediatrician, Canberra

About the instructor

What do you know about academic writing?

Great question! I did my PhD at the Australian National University in the mid-1990s and then worked in medical research in Japan for 4 years. When I came back to Australia I decided that I didn’t want to stay in research. I had always enjoyed writing and was thrilled to get a job in a writing and editing consultancy that worked with government scientists writing reports.

Eventually I established my own business as an academic editor and writing coach, giving workshops at universities around Australia to help academic staff and students with their writing skills. As much as I enjoy giving workshops, I realised that many people come to training courses but then don’t implement what they learn, instead reverting to old habits. My passion is to help scientists change their behaviour and gain confidence when it comes to writing. I am currently completing a certification as a coach so that I can help people not just with strategy but with the mindset side of things as well.


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