Writing Professional Development


How do I sign up?

Fill out this form.

How is this different from using an editor?

Editorial services focus on the details of a single document and what can be done to improve it.

Our Writing Professional Development services focus on YOU and your writing skills such as methods for tackling a new writing project or revisions. The writing project that you provide helps target the professional development to meet your needs and gives you an opportunity to practice what you learn.

What would I learn?

It depends on where you are in your writing journey but possible topics include:

  • the writing process,

  • writing techniques,

  • the difference between revision and editing,

  • approaches to revising and/or editing,

  • how to make your science more approachable.

What does a module include?

Each module includes one month of one-on-one professional development in four virtual sessions that are accompanied by:

  • a personalized development plan,

  • relevant writing resources,

  • in-progress reviews with written feedback, and

  • pre- and post-assessments.

Who can use these services?

Any academic who wants to improve their writing process from undergraduates to tenured professors.

How does it work?
  1. Sign up.

  2. Schedule your four professional development sessions.

  3. Submit your writing project.

  4. Session #1 – Review your development plan and start learning writing skills.

  5. Practice your new writing skills on your writing project and submit for feedback.

  6. Session #2 – Review feedback and learn additional skills.

  7. Repeat through Session #4.

  8. Session #4 – Review post-assessment and decide next steps.

What does it cost?

$500 per module.

How do I pay for this service?
  • Graduate students and post-docs can check with their departments and/or respective university offices for professional development grants or similar funds.

  • Many grants and fellowships available to graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers include specific funds for professional development and/or consider professional development to be an allowable expense.

  • Ask your PI or mentor to sponsor your professional development. There is an extra option (for $100) available to mentors that want to participate directly in their trainee’s professional development.

  • Ask your department or school to host an ASCC writing workshop or interactive webinar.