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Effective Technical Writing & Editing

Expert advice on how to write and edit scientific and medical texts, technical documents and those documents needed for regulatory submission.

1 Dec 2021 + 4 more dates

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  • Format: Classroom, Live online
  • CPD: 6 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

Course overview

Effective technical writing and editing is a vital skill in ensuring a clear and compliant message. This interactive course will provide an intensive, practical guide to best practice to follow in achieving excellence in scientific, medical and technical documentation.

Our expert trainer will offer invaluable tools and techniques to help you write with confidence, clarity and a logical structure to successfully convey information to your reader.

With a combination of presentations, hands-on exercises and text review sessions, the programme will enable you to take your writing and editing skills to the highest level to the ultimate benefit of your business.

By attending this event, you will:

  • Master the skills required for clarity and accuracy in technical writing
  • Refine your techniques in editing and presenting technical documents
  • Learn how best to improve readability – be kind to your reader
  • Gain insights into the use of illustrative material such as tables, graphs and flow charts

Who should attend?

This event has been designed for all those writing or editing scientific and medical texts, as well as technical documents, including those who prepare documents for regulatory submissions.

The course will be relevant for anyone preparing texts about pharmaceutical, medical device and veterinary products and is suitable for native and non-native English speakers.

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The Effective Technical Writing & Editing course will cover:

Overview of writing and editing – substantive and technical aspects

  • Considering logic, text flow and wordiness, as well as accuracy
  • Looking at details such as language editing, reference style, abbreviations and acronyms
  • Preparing a clear message for the intended reader

Punctuation specifics

  • Why punctuate?
  • Punctuation marks including:
    • Paired punctuation marks
    • Serial commas
    • Bulleted lists
    • Apostrophes

Further improving readability – being kind to your reader:

  • Rewriting texts for maximum effectiveness
  • Improving tables, graphs and flow charts

Final checks including proofreading

  • Why this is more than just a spell check
  • The practicalities

Writing tips and tools

  • Software
  • Checklists
  • Style guides
  • Systematic checks

Working with co-authors and editors, reviewers and other team members

  • Upfront decisions
  • Giving feedback effectively

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Barbara Grossman

Barbara Grossman has a passion for proofreading, quality control, and education. She is a biochemist by training and a medical writer, editor and teacher by profession, with 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before starting her own medical writing and consultancy business (Hawkeye Medical Limited), she built up and managed the medical writing group at Covance, the contract research organisation, working in a wide range of therapeutic areas. She has given professional development training at educational institutions and organisations such as the DIA (Drug Information Association – Europe and USA), EMWA (European Medical Writers Association) and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), and has led many company-internal training courses.

Barbara is an honorary member of EMWA, was Treasurer 1998–2005, has been an EMWA workshop leader since 2001, served on EMWA’s Education Committee 2010–2018, was the Education Officer for 2 years until 2016, and was EMWA's President for 1 year until May 2020. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of Medical Writing, EMWA’s journal.

More details

Book Effective Technical Writing & Editing Classroom/Live online training

1 Dec 2021

Classroom
London venue TBC

00:00-00:00 UK (London)
Course code 11381

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 839 979
  • USD 934 1,090

Until 27 Oct

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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9 Feb 2022

Live online

09:00-17:30 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:00-18:30 Paris (UTC+01)
04:00-12:30 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 11552

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 814 970

Until 05 Jan

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15 Jun 2022

Classroom
London venue TBC

00:00-00:00 UK (London)
Course code 11866

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 839 979
  • USD 934 1,090

Until 11 May

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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30 Sep 2022

Live online

00:00-00:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
01:00-01:00 Paris (UTC+02)
19:00-19:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 11702

  • GBP 499 599
  • EUR 719 859
  • USD 814 970

Until 26 Aug

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14 Dec 2022

Classroom
London venue TBC

00:00-00:00 UK (London)
Course code 11867

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 839 979
  • USD 934 1,090

Until 09 Nov

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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Reviews of IPI's Effective Technical Writing & Editing training course


I liked the examples, making the topics more understandable. [Barbara] was clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, created a relaxed atmosphere and provided many relatable examples.

Feb 11 2021

Milena Roux
Technical Writer, Novo Nordisk

Feb 11 2021

The webinar is very relevant and helpful. The content is interesting and covers a wide range of topics related to writing and editing. The speaker has a great expertise on the topic and is able to present and share her knowledge in a pleasant way. Moreover, the material provided will be quite useful as it is full with tools and tips.

Ania Mayorga
Technical Writer, Novo Nordisk A/S

Feb 11 2021

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager
Secretary, University of Southern Denmark

Sep 24 2021

An enjoyable and interesting course with good participant interaction. I believe I am now better equipped to prepare quality documentation with improved accuracy and readability.

Jessica Fischer
Safety Medical Writer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Feb 11 2021

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager
Secretary, University of Southern Denmark

Feb 11 2021

Barbara is a very good speaker and teacher. I was amazed by the number of presentation pages, but it all made sense. Very relevant content, good examples.

Marianne Risager
Secretary, University of Southern Denmark

Feb 11 2021

The webinar was highly informative and I would recommend it to a colleague.

Pascal Häfliger
R&D Scientist, Innomedica

Sep 24 2021

I enjoyed the course and learnt more tips on preparing better quality documentation.

Louisa Dew
Regulatory Affairs Consultant, NDA Regulatory Science Ltd

Sep 24 2020

Particularly liked the breakout rooms where we can share our thoughts and discuss fruitfully in smaller groups and this helps to also make us connect better despite being new to this course and also to the virtual platform.

Shirley Lam
PhD student,

Sep 24 2020

The trainer demonstrated competency in the course area. The virtual learning was optimised through plenty of interactively throughout the day, I wish more courses offered more interactive sessions!

Sacha Lynch
Regulatory Manager, Regulis Consulting

Sep 24 2020

I would definitely recommend this course. It was very interactive. Also these private rooms worked pretty well, great idea to have smaller group brainstorming sessions!

Isabelle SABOUNTCHI
Senior Consultant, Medical Devices, Beyond Conception GmbH

Feb 11 2020

Very good course with plenty of personal interaction. The experience of the speaker gives added value as she can provide many examples and tips and tricks for reviewing a text.

Anke De Muylder
Quality engineer QA, Plasma Industries Belgium

Feb 11 2020

Barbara was technically brilliant and presented in a fun, challenging and friendly way. The content through the day was very useful, with good pointers and tips to improve the layout and quality of documents. The course structure and content was excellent, a good amount for a day's course. The presentation was fantastic and easy to follow with good exercises and interaction between presenter and course participants. Barbara has a deep knowledge of the subject matter which is delivered in an exciting way.

Nathan Entwistle
Senior Electronics Technician, Team Consulting

Feb 11 2020

I was hoping to get a better insight into writing reports and I would say that I definitely believe this was accomplished.

Neil McCann
Radiation Safety Officer, Elekta Limited

Sep 24 2020

I wanted to gain knowledge on effective and concise writing skills from this webinar & I think this webinar has clearly given me some insights into the typical mistakes that people make while writing any scientific document thus I feel this webinar has certainly helped me gain some valuable insights to get me started.

Shekar Subramanian
Associate Scientist - Formulations, Renaissance Lakewood

Sep 24 2020

The course was good and interesting especially on editing.

Michela Padovani
Alfasigma Sp.A.

Feb 11 2020

Overall the course content was very good. Presentation was also good and very clear. The speaker was excellent and very active during the training.

Ildephonse Ngabonziza
Clinical Safety Manager, Genae Associates NV

Feb 15 2019

This course was very helpful in terms of common technical mistakes in medical writing. Barbara was very communicative, she explained everything and I really enjoyed the exercises throughout the course. Thank you very much, Barbara, for the presentation and for answering all of our questions.

Larissa Duta
Medical Device Complaint Specialist, B. Braun Pharmaceuticals SA

Feb 15 2019

An extremely good course for novice and experienced technical writers to hone their skills and leave with a toolbox of good ideas.

Ian Vaughan
Project Manager - Device Testing, Team Consulting

Feb 15 2019

I found the itinerary and course content to be interesting and relevant to a wide range of documents. The course booklet and handouts will be incredibly useful reference material in my future medical writing work. The speaker is very experienced and knowledgeable on this topic through her many years of medical writing experience. She understands how to relate to people who have different levels of experience and confidence with the English language.

Lynne Isaac
Medical Writer, Pharmaceutical Company

Feb 15 2019

I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

Nicola Swan
Technical Writter, Allergy Therapeutics

Sep 21 2018

I enjoyed every minute of Barbara's lecture.

Catherine Jeannot
Language Teacher-Pharmacy Faculty, Université Paris Sud

Feb 28 2018

The course content covered everything I required.

Harpreet Johal
Scientific Assessor, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Feb 28 2018

The content of the course was very valuable and was presented in a clear and logical way by the speaker who had a wealth of knowledge and experience. What a pleasure and honour to meet and work with Barbara.

Natalie Tsolaki
Medical Manager, Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH

Feb 28 2018

The day was informative but also nicely informal. I particularly liked the section about reviewing the work of peers which has given me something new to consider in my day-to-day workI All Management Forum staff were very friendly which made for a very enjoyable training experience.

Natalie Shortt
Human Factors Consultant, Medical Device Usability

Feb 28 2018

Barbara was clearly very experienced in the field and this came through in her presenting, along with a friendly and approachable style.

Kelly Jeffs
Regulatory Affairs Specialist, CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd

Sep 25 2017

Good content and presentation. Fun and interactive speaker.

Faiz Aziz
Technologist , Colorcon

Feb 10 2017

The course was very helpful in terms of common technical mistakes in medical writing.

Sviatlana Starchenka
Method Development Scientist, Allergy Therapeutics Ltd

Feb 10 2017

Content was informative and presented very well. Speaker was clear in the delivery of content.

Andrew Hafford
QC Manager, ProMetic Biosciences Ltd

Feb 10 2017

Useful for professionals writing regulatory responses and academic reviews

Sviatlana Starchenka
Method Development Scientist, Allergy Therapeutics Ltd

Sep 25 2017

All aspects of the course were good. I was engaged and enjoyed the exercises throughout the course.

Sadia Ahmed
QMS Specialist Licence To Operate, Roche Products Ltd

Feb 10 2017

Very in-depth, useful and enjoyable course. Thank you.

Sophie Andrews
Medical Affairs Assistant, Nutricia

UK

  • Aimmune Therapeutics UK Ltd.
  • Allergy Therapeutics
  • Allergy Therapeutics Ltd
  • Animalcare Ltd
  • CANCER RESEARCH UK
  • Colorcon
  • Colorcon Ltd
  • CooperVision
  • CooperVision Manufacturing Ltd
  • DLRC Ltd
  • Elekta Limited
  • Genethics Regulatory Services Ltd
  • GSK
  • Martindale Pharma
  • Medical Device Usability
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • MeiraGTx
  • MHRA
  • Molnlycke Health Care
  • NDA Regulatory Science Ltd
  • Nutricia
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Playtech Ltd
  • ProMetic Biosciences Ltd
  • Regulis Consulting
  • Roche Products Ltd
  • Team Consulting
  • Wockhardt UK Ltd

Denmark

  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmatech
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmatech A/S
  • Statens Serum Institut
  • University of Southern Denmark

France

  • Blue Reg Europe
  • BlueREG Pharma Consulting
  • INNATE PHARMA
  • MedinCell S.A.
  • Sanofi Aventis R&D
  • Université Paris Sud

Switzerland

  • Ares Trading S.A.
  • Bayer BCC AG
  • Beyond Conception GmbH
  • Innomedica

Italy

  • Alfasigma Sp.A.
  • Chiesi Farmaceutici Spa
  • Merck Serono

United States of America

  • Alcon
  • Elanco Animal Health
  • Renaissance Lakewood

Belgium

  • Genae Associates NV
  • Plasma Industries Belgium

Germany

  • Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH

Netherlands

  • Vertex-Dental

Romania

  • B. Braun Pharmaceuticals SA

Sweden

  • Dentsply Sirona Implants

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