• The Capstone Project

    In collaboration with a faculty member, each participant of Effective Writing for Health Care will develop a submission-ready paper:

    • Participants of the Writing for Medical and Scientific Journals track create an article and abstract for submission to a medical or scientific journal
    • Participants of the Writing for the Public track create a submission-ready article for a magazine, opinion piece, book pitch or digital media pitch
    • Participants of the Writing Grant Proposals track produce a submission-ready grant proposal
  • Common Core Curriculum

    Participants of all three specialized tracks of Effective Writing for Health Care come together throughout the yearlong learning experience for the Common Core Curriculum, which is designed to improve writing with a focus on:

    Foundational Skills
    • Essential and strategic grammar
    • Say more with fewer words
    • Structure writing elements to meet your goals: sentences, paragraphs and passages
    • Communicate with greater clarity and precision
    • Usage, style and syntax
    • Make your writing readily comprehensible
    • Sequence your ideas for greater reader impact
    • Transitions, topic sentences and other signposting devices
     
    Quality and Impact
    • Strategies and best practices for scholarly writing and argumentation
    • Good storytelling in non-scholarly writing
    • Write persuasively
    • Package your work
    • Formulate hypotheses to support your specific evidence and analysis
    • Write about moral and ethical issues
    • Patient-focused writing
    • Develop and refine your personal writing style
    • Respond to reviewer and peer feedback
    • Compose compelling introductions, abstracts, summaries and conclusions
    • Ground your claims, hypotheses and ideas in evidence
    • Evoke emotional responses from readers
    • Assess and addressing weaknesses in your arguments, messages and writing
    • When and how to tap into your personal voice
     
    Reach
    • Get published in internationally and nationally acclaimed journals, newspapers, magazines and reviews
    • Write with dexterity to connect with a broad array of audiences
    • Make your science accessible
    • Leverage social media to amplify your message
    • Engage with co-authors
    • Understand what your audience wants
     
    Integrity
    • Search the biomedical literature
    • Understand and avoid plagiarism in its various forms
    • Reference management tools for scientific writing
    • Develop bibliographies
     
    Productivity
    • Achieve higher yield and throughput
    • Manage your writing focus
    • Approach writing projects more efficiently: design, timelines and milestones
    • Cultivate more effective writing habits
    • Avoid common writing pitfalls
    • Write collaboratively
    • Time management strategies
    • Navigate writer’s block
     
    Process
    • Optimize the ideation and planning of your writing project
    • Move from idea to structure map to first draft
    • Elicit constructive feedback from peers
    • Incorporate feedback
    • Revise and refine your writing
    • Manage reviewer expectations
    • Maintain progress
    • Review and revise final full draft

     
    Promotion
    • Assess publication options
    • Strategies to avoid article rejection
    • Pitch your ideas
    • Prepare Press releases
    • Self-promotion and elevating your personal brand
    • Leverage social media
  • Personalized and Active Learning

    Each specialized track of Effective Writing for Health Care can be customized, enabling you to tailor your learning experience to your specific writing and career goals. This includes:

    • Personalized writing skills-development exercises
    • Assignment of your faculty member
    • Selection of your final Capstone Project
  • Assignment of a Faculty Member

    Every participant of Effective Writing for Health Care is paired with a Harvard faculty member. Faculty members are chosen by the program directors based upon the faculty member’s expertise in your general area of interest.

    Your faculty member will provide guidance for your Capstone Project, including:

    • Counseling you and providing assistance at the ideation or planning stages of your writing project
    • Providing feedback on the outline of your paper
    • Reviewing the first and final drafts of your project and providing guidance to help you optimize its value to you and/or your institution