Writer's Toolkit

The second day of a pre-conference public health workshop I attended was devoted to “The power of story: Learning storytelling techniques from Hollywood’s master storytellers.” This is what I learned.

At the workshop Jennifer Cecil, Executive Producer, Private Practice (ABC) took us through a speed writing exercise – fabulous white hot writing – that I’d recommend you try.

At the workshop Jennifer Cecil, Executive Producer, Private Practice (ABC) took us through a speed writing exercise – fabulous white hot writing – that I’d recommend you try.

The two writing exercises I've described were originally about getting ideas on paper for a storyline in a television drama. They're also useful to clarify and focus your writing for, say, a research paper or report.

This post is about turning your short summary or abstract into a table of contents that provides you with some structure to write to.

In this post I use the SmartArt tool in Microsoft Word to think through the layout of a methodology section for a research report.

It's important to spell out clearly for readers where they’re being taken by your report and, perhaps more importantly, what they should take away from reading it.

This post explores the implementation of a research or evaluation project’s methods can be described using the Community-Up Research Practices.