Master Class on Writing Research for Publication

Tuesday, November 20 to Thursday, November 22, 2018

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Registration Closed

Enhance your scholarly writing by attending this intensive, 3-day writing course, developed by Dr. Lorelei Lingard (lead author of The Writer’s Craft open access series for medical education researchers). This course is being offered for the first time in Western Canada by Dr. Lingard’s faculty team and will provide you with a unique opportunity to step away from day-to-day distractions and focus on your scholarly writing.

Who Should Attend

Health sciences researchers, clinical researchers, social sciences researchers, education professionals, health education professionals.

Participants should have personal experience trying to get their work published (i.e., should have written at least one manuscript in the recent past and submitted it to a journal, although it does not have to have been accepted). Participants will maximize their learning if they bring an in-progress manuscript to work on during the Master Class.

Past Participants’ Experiences

“Each session was worthwhile and engaging – not an easy achievement! I have a better sense of how to approach a writing project – my own or someone else’s. I learned strategies that can be adapted to a wide range of projects.”
“The individual writing time gave us the opportunity to immediately apply the principles to our own work.”
“The master class gave me language and a practical approach for ‘cleaning up’ my writing.”
“The most important thing I learned is that your paper is not a report of what you did, it is the story of what you learned.”
“Overall, fantastic! I feel like I am leaving with a toolbox full of tips, tricks and tactics to immediately apply to my own writing. Thank you!”
“I rediscovered the joy of writing.”

Course Highlights

• Expert writing instruction for scholarly publication
• Powerful strategies for increasing persuasiveness and clarity
• Useful pearls to demystify grammar
• Helpful approaches for editing others’ writing
• Small group instruction with individualized feedback
• Dedicated time to write and revise a work-in-progress

Curriculum Overview

Participants should expect to be available days and evenings to fully participate in facilitated learning modules, one-on-one consultations, and self-directed writing sessions.

Core Lessons
Problem/Gap/Hook: How to Write an Effective Introduction
Mapping the Gap: How to Persuasively Present the Existing Literature
Telling a Story: How to Organize Your Results and Discussion

Writing Strategies
Editing for Clarity
Almost Accepted! How to Respond to Reviewers

Grammar Pearls

Mastering Sentence Structure
Enlisting the Power of the Verb

Individual Writing Time

Draft/Revise Your Opening
Draft/Revise Your Lit Review
Draft/Revise Your Discussion Outline

One-on-One Consultation with Faculty

Course Faculty

Sarah Burm, PhD
Education Specialist, Centre for Education Research & Innovation
Education innovator, using reflective writing to improve the quality and impact of educational research one word at a time


Sayra Cristancho, PhD
CERI Scientist; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Adaptive and process-driven writer; engineer fascinated with writing style and structure


Mark Goldszmidt, MD, MHPE, PhD
CERI Associate Director; Professor, Department of Medicine
Education researcher and reviewer; clinician-scientist with a passion for getting the story right


Kori LaDonna, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Innovation in Medical Education and Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Education researcher and qualitative methodologist; enthusiastic editor with an eye for elegant writing and a knack for crafting stylish sentences



$3,000 CDN which includes:
• Three days of expert writing instruction, one-on-one consultation with faculty, and dedicated time to write/revise a work-in-progress
• Course materials, links to additional writing resources
• Breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and one group dinner

Tuition does not include:
• Accommodations, travel-related costs, or other evening meals


To register, click here.
Registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis and confirmed upon payment of tuition. Anticipated course size is 25 people.

Course Location

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


Many options are available in Vancouver, but for the ease of working together during the evenings we recommend the West Coast Suites on campus (5961 Student Union Blvd, an 8 min walk to Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre – 1-888-822-1030 |

A block of rooms is being held until October 17, 2018 with a reduced rate of $140 per night. Click here to reserve your accommodation online through West Coast Suites.

The Master Class on Writing Research for Publication is offered jointly by the Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) from Western University and the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) from UBC.

Learning Objectives

1. Increase expertise in writing for scholarly publication.
2. Apply strategies to increase persuasiveness and clarity.
3. Apply useful pearls to demystify grammar.
4. Write and/or revise a scholarly manuscript.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by UBC CPD. You may claim a maximum of 21.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated). This Self Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 21.5 Mainpro+ credits. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.


Co-development of the CPD activity is to be recognized by the following statement on all program materials:

This program was co-developed with Centre for Health Education Scholarship and Centre for Education Research & Innovation and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.