Science Writing Labs

Process-oriented and strengths-focused professional development programs for early writers and peer reviewers. See the FAQs

One-on-One Labs, which focus on the writing skills and techniques of ONE trainee. While editorial services focus on the details of a single document and what can be done to improve it. A one-on-one Science Writing Lab focuses on YOU and developing 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.

Peer Feedback Labs are groups of three trainees that work together with a single facilitator. These labs focus on the type of feedback that should be provided during each stage of writing, and participants recieve feedback on their feedback from the facilitator.

Labs include four virtual professional development sessions that are accompanied by:

  • a personalized development plan,

  • relevant writing resources,

  • in-progress reviews with written feedback, and

  • pre- and post-assessments.


How does it work?
  1. Register here.

  2. Discuss your goals in a 30-minute pre-Lab consult.

  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 would I learn during a one-on-one lab?

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.

Who can use these services?

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

What does it cost?

$500 per one-on-one lab.

$1500 per peer feedback lab ($500 per trainee).

How do I pay for this service?
  • 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.

  • Learn more and get more ideas for finding funding in the blog post “How to Get Scientific Writing Editing & Consulting Paid For

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