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Writing workshop with Dallas Murphy 2014

11.08.2014 - 15.08.2014

What: Writing workshop
Who: Dallas Murphy
When: August 11-15, 2014
Where: Foredragssalen, Geophysical Institute, Bergen
Sorry, the Workshop is full.

The Research School in Climate Dynamics is inviting PhD candidates to Dallas Murphy's fourth ResClim writing workshop. Dallas has been conducting this annual workshop to great success for the last seven years at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, and during the last five years he has added workshops at the University of Hamburg and at RSMAS at the University of  Miami. Dallas is also author of several books, including "To the Denmark Strait", which was featured during last year's workshop with a book presentation and discussion on outreach.

For the workshop, students will be asked to submit a scientific paper before the workshop begins, and all papers will be disseminated to each student. Then, in proper workshop fashion, each paper will be examined one by one, while student participation will be expected. Dallas' experience has shown that the central writing problem for young scientists involve matters of structure, the clear and concise statement of ideas. Part of the objective is to improve the submitted paper. However, it is equally important to offer the students a set of composition principles that can be applied to the next paper and the next.

Because it is practical to consider a maximum of two to three papers per day, the workshop must be limited to 12 students, because there will also be allocated time to discuss rewritings of the presented manuscripts. Faculty members are welcome to the workshop and are encurraged to contribute to discussions.

The workload of the course is one full week, which normally corresponds to 2 ECTS.

Workshop Principle and Objective:

Participants will submit a technical paper or related piece of science writing, which will be collected in packages containing all submitted papers and distributed to the students prior to the workshop start date. Students will read each others' papers and be prepared to discuss them one by one in class. The operative concept, then, is that we're in this together each working to help the other improve his/her science writing. This "peer-review" system is efficacious in various ways, not least of which because there is usually a very clear and shared response. Students find the lesson compelling when, for instance eight people all say that they lost the logical strain somewhere around paragraph three of the introduction. The objective, however, is not solely to improve the particular piece of submitted work, but to use the papers as springboards to introduce general writing principles.

Registration form is found at the end of the page

The workshop takes place in Bergen.

 Reading List :

  • Strunk, William & E.B. White: The Elements of Style. Macmillan, 1979, rev. 1992. (Required).
  • Montgomery, Scot L.: The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science, University of Chicago Press, 2003.
  • Parker. E. N.: The Martial Art of Scientific Publication, EOS 78, 737, 391-395, 1997.
  • Williams, Joseph M.: Style. University of Chicago Press, 1990. Can be applied to subsequent papers as well.
  • David M. Schultz: Eloquent Science: A practical guide to becoming a better Writer, Speaker, & Atmospheric Scientist. The American Meteorological Society. 2009
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