Year Published: 2014

Time to Complete: 50 min

Instructor: Amy Gantt, MA

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Communication and Teamwork

Do you have trouble coming up with a short, clear description of your project or idea?

Do you have trouble adhering to word and page limits for abstracts and applications? Is it difficult to come up with a short, clear description of your project or idea? Learn how to get to the point in this course.

Amy Gantt, MA, Director of Research Development at Tufts University, will provide concrete strategies to improve your writing skills for grants, manuscripts, and presentations.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • List common sentence structures that lead to longer, less clear prose
  • Discuss the benefits of concise writing
  • Identify when your writing should be edited
  • Describe how to apply the strategies discussed to make your writing clearer and more concise
  • Explain how to clearly present your ideas and concepts in grants.

Content Outline

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  • Why Write Concisely?
  • Global Issues: Thesis and Unity
  • Global Issues: Development and Organization
  • Local Issues: Coherence and Tone
  • Local Issues: Jargon, Acronym, and Tone
  • Local Issues: Syntactical Ambiguities & Errors
  • Other Issues to Consider
  • What is Important & Recap


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free