“The facilitators did an excellent job providing much-needed reassurance about the integrity of the writing process, and how it can (and should) be a positive experience, not a unwanted burden.” - Previous Course Participant
“The diversity of the group I was in allowed me to see where I could be more descriptive about my work to make sure everyone could understand my data and conclusions and why they are important.” -Previous Course Participant
Date: August 12-14, 2016
Location: ASM Headquarters, Washington, DC
The application deadline is June 30, 2016


The Scientific Writing and Publishing Course is a three-day face to face hands-on intensive training program in scientific writing and publishing. This program is intended for senior-level graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and early career scientists.

The goal of the program is to provide intensive coaching and closely guided experience in the scientific writing and publishing process. 

After completing the course, participants will have:

    • a detailed plan for improving their draft manuscript, 
    • hands-on experience in critiquing abstracts and manuscripts, 
    • a network of peers and mentors to share critiques and advice, and 
    • tools and resources for developing future manuscripts and abstracts.

The course will provide three days of face to face hands-on intensive coaching and training in scientific writing and publishing under mentorship of ASM Journal editors and reviewers. Groups of four to six participants will be paired with one experienced mentor from their field to provide individual critique and resources. The course is limited to 25 participants.

Requirements for Participation
Upon acceptance to the course, participants will be required to:

    • Register for the course
    • Arrange for their own travel to and from the course
    • Complete all the required pre-course readings and assignments
    • Prepare and submit a double spaced draft manuscript, plus drafts of figures and table, of which the participant is the 1st author 
    • Participate in the entire course

This preparatory work is required as it provides a solid foundation for enhancing one's training and providing the maximum benefits from the course. Each manuscript will be reviewed by other participants and the mentor to allow constructive criticism. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop computers to the course for preparing and sharing their work.

Course Site
The 2016 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course will be held at the ASM Headquarters at 1752 N Street NW, Washington, DC from August 12-14, 2016.

Sponsorship and Credentials
The ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course is sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Post-doctoral Education of the ASM Education Board. The ASM Education Board is a recipient of the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education. The Board was recognized by President Clinton for its contribution to graduate education.

The topic, Why Write, presented by ASM President Roberto Kolter, opened up the 2010 Course at ASM in Washington, DC, March 18 - 21.

Application Deadline
June 30, 2016

Comprehensive Report (2010-2014)
This report, developed in 2015, highlights 56 ASM SWPC participants' accomplishments since attending the course.

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