Given the central role of scholarship in academic medicine, the CFD has created a dedicated webpage to bring together the information to support your writing needs, projects, and goals. Please do not hesitate to give us feedback—this page is a work in progress.

Recommended Books on Writing
  • We highly recommend this succinct yet thorough guide to excellent writing: 

 The Elements of Style, Strunk and White 



  • This book specifically addresses scientific writing:

 The Craft of Scientific Writing, Alley 




  • Other excellent resources on writing: 

 

How to Write a Lot, Paul J. Silvia




 

Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner


 Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Joseph M. Williams





Noteworthy articles on scientific writing:


Guides to writing and publishing:

  • Wordvice Journal Publication and Research Writing Guide
    Includes information on:

    • How to increase your manuscript's chance of acceptance
    • How to choose the right journal for your manuscript
    • Definition of peer review, and which type Is best for you
    • Why proper journal authorship matters
    • Tips for writing effective figure titles and legends, Methods and Results Sections
    • How to draft an effective discussion section and introduction
    • Verb tense review

 

MGH Scientific Writing Group Writing Support

The MGH Scientific Writing Group (SWG), led by Rebecca Ward, PhD, is comprised of Medical/Scientific Writers in the Department of Medicine with specific expertise in cancer immunology, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. Together, they have experience editing and writing manuscripts as well as all types of grants (R01, R21, K99, F31, U19, U01, U54, internal MGH and foundation grants). They assist in the publication of primary articles, reviews, commentaries, perspectives, and book chapters.

In collaboration with the CFD, the MGH SWG provides freelance writing and editing services for MGH faculty and trainees which is fully subsidized by the CFD, up to 5 hours and limited to once annually. Please fill out this brief application
There is no deadline; apply when writing support is needed.

 
Workshops and Courses on Writing

 

BIDMC Academy Session - What can Jerry Seinfeld Teach us about Publishing as a Clinician
January 28, 2022 | 12-1pm EST
As busy clinicians, your most precious resource is your time. Scarcity of time is the most commonly cited barrier at BIDMC for scholarship progress.  In this session, BIDMC Academy will provide you with specific, actionable skills for time and task management that you can start doing today to get your projects started or back on track.
Register here

K Writing Workshop

March 10, 2022 | 1-3pm EST
This workshop is appropriate for clinical and basic science researchers from all fields. K99 applications will not be discussed in detail.
Register here

Effective Writing for Health Care
Sponsored by HMS Postgraduate Medical Education
Final applications due May 4, 2022
Course begins in June 2022
This one-year, blended learning program is designed to help clinicians, clinical investigators, researchers and allied health professionals achieve writing and career objectives.
Apply here

MGH Essay Writing Workshop
In 2021: 4 evening sessions from March through June
The MGH Writer-in-Residence Program offers a virtual essay workshop for writers at all levels. The goal is to complete a short essay or narrative (800-1500 words) such as might appear in a newspaper, magazine, or medical journal. The topic may be personal, medical, and/or editorial or oriented toward advocacy.

 

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NIH Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops
 
Sample Resources:

  • Tips Before You Submit: Ever Wondered What Happens During the Scientific Review of an NIH Grant Application? Understanding how peer review works is key to writing a good grant application. In this 44-minute video, NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section, scientists have gathered virtually to review three fictional applications in response to a fictional Request For Applications. Watch their discussion to learn how applications are scored, what questions are commonly asked, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.
  • All About Grants Podcast: Considerations for a Research Plan In this NIH All About Grants episode (MP3 / Transcript) a duo of NIH program officers share their advice and experience on developing a research plan for a grant application.
2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

HMS Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
This resource includes a component on Manuscript & Scientific Writing (Prep Strategies for Writing, Writing for Publication Boot Camp, Cultural Aspects of Writing, and Professional Correspondence for Scientists).

Harvard Catalyst

By cataloguing content from a collection of courses and resources, the Writing and Communication Center provides countless videos, articles, websites, rubrics, and course offerings surrounding funding, written communication, speaking skills, visual media, and professional development.

Multi-year program for K grant awardees seeking independent research funding.

Watch a series of interviews with Harvard researchers as they explain how to create a good research question. Researchers share helpful frameworks, factors to consider, candid advice, and how they've utilized these strategies in their own work.

HMS Effective Writing for Healthcare
This resource is a professional development program launched in 2020-2021, with specialized tracks in (1) Writing for Medical and Scientific Journals, (2) Writing for the Public, and (3) Writing Grant Proposals.


Templates and Samples
Samples of Successful Grants

Promotion-Related Templates and Samples


Fellowship Application


Responses to NIH Review of R01


Resources for an Effective Poster