Are you looking for methods to improve your success in writing, grant applications, and speaking endeavors? If so, join us this summer for a virtual three-part series designed to provide you strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral.


Writing for Publication

A clear and reasoned presentation of ideas is critical to the success of a scientific manuscript. This seminar examines the structures and positions of emphasis in the sentence, paragraph, and sections of the formal study to help authors authorize their claims.

When: Tuesday, June 1 from 1pm-2pm

Register here by Monday, May 31 to receive the Zoom link.

Writing Effective NIH Grant Applications

This course reviews the principles of good grant writing to produce clear, direct, and compelling proposals. Focuses on understanding the psychology of reviewers and the review process, how to engage readers and facilitate understanding, and how to manage the proposal writing process with suggestions for proposal templates.

When: Tuesday, June 15 from 1pm-2pm

Register here by Monday, June 14 to receive the Zoom link.

Speaking for Success: Strategies for Effective Presentations

This course reviews how adults learn as a means to examine effective delivery techniques to engage scientific and clinical peer audiences. It provides practical information on how to deliver memorable oral and PowerPoint presentations in the classroom, the conference room, the auditorium, and at the regional or national meeting.

When: Tuesday, June 29 from 1pm-2pm

Register here by Monday, June 28 to receive the Zoom link


Presented by Paul Casella (MFA; Consultant, CCOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Development). Paul Casella is a writer, teacher, editor and producer. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Since 1993, Paul has worked with health professionals to improve the clarity and effectiveness of their manuscripts for publication, formal presentations, slides, posters, videos, and other media for scientific purposes.



Additional Resources

See here for pre-recorded versions of the sessions above:

See here for the annotated version of the Writing for Publication Online Seminar:


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Sponsored by the Research Development Office

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Britt Ryan in advance at 319-335-9575 or