What You Need to Know About Information Flow in Research Writing: Editing Your Writing to Meet Reader Expectations

We know good research writing when we see it. Skillful research writers understand their readers, guiding them through their texts so that the intended meaning is clear and reading is almost effortless. How do they do this? We may think that clarity is a matter of grammatical accuracy, but this is not enough to produce a well-written paper. Drawing on research on scientific writing, this interactive workshop will introduce you to how language and rhetorical strategies are used to guide readers through a text, to ensure that the logic is clear, and to meet reader expectations. These aspects of research writing will be brought to light through analysis and discussion of published biomedical papers. 

Workshop participants are encouraged to have one of their own papers or abstracts available so they can apply what is discussed to their own writing.

Audience:  Early-stage faculty researchers/authors and faculty for whom English is not their first language who are interested in getting assistance with their scientific writing.

Workshop Objectives

  • Analyze published biomedical papers to identify how authors use language and rhetorical strategies to guide readers through a text
  • Apply these successful writing strategies to edit a biomedical text to create a good flow of information
  • Use these strategies in their own writing and when giving writing feedback to others


Christine Feak
Lecturer for LSA English Language Institute


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at UMMS-Faculty-Development@med.umich.edu.

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12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Tue, January 10, 2023