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Manuscript Writing Intensive Course

CTSI Manuscript Writing Intensive Course

Complete one manuscript in 10 weeks.


The purpose of this 10-week course is to promote the dissemination of research findings through training on best practices in manuscript writing, with interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in that process.

This course aims to help participants achieve greater success in writing competitive manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. To this aim, participants will learn about and practice using the tools that professional writers employ to speed up progress, elevate quality, and reduce anxiety.


  • Enhance participant ability to
    • write an accurate and compelling title and abstract
    • build a strong case for their work in the introduction
    • achieve clarity and precision in the methods section
    • present findings in a logical and understandable manner
    • construct a focused discussion that gives context to the findings
    • write a conclusion that matches the data
  • Increase participant confidence and self-efficacy in the writing process
  • Enhance participant ability to critically evaluate the written work of self/others
  • Improve participant capacity to effectively use feedback
  • Encourage participants to recognize and seize opportunities for professional writing development


This course is intended for clinicians, investigators, and other faculty at MCW, Children’s Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Versiti, Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Marquette University.   The course is designed for those at any stage of their career who would like the structure, pacing, accountability, guidance, and support to complete one competitive manuscript in 10 weeks. Participants may bring a manuscript to work on that is at any stage of preparation: outline, partial or first draft, or rejected submission.

Structure of the course

Four participants form a small cohort to support each other in the manuscript writing process under the guidance of a professional writing coach. The writing coach has over two decades of experience empowering researchers to write more productively.   Participants will be introduced to best practices as the writing coach leads the cohort in collaboratively editing manuscripts line-by-line. This hands-on approach will engage all participants in the deep editing required to produce competitive manuscripts.

Cohorts will meet with the writing coach for one virtual 2-hour session each week for a total of 10 weeks. Attendance at each session is mandatory. In addition, outside of the weekly sessions, participants are expected to spend approximately 2 hours per week making progress on their own manuscripts, and 2 hours per week critically reading a cohort member’s manuscript. Thus, the total weekly time investment for this course is approximately 6 hours.

Registration: November 13, 2023 – December 15, 2023

Course Dates and Times

  • January 8, 2024 – March 15, 2024

Time Options

  • Mondays 9:00am-11:00am
  • Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am
  • Wednesdays 9:00am-11:00am
  • Thursdays 9:00am-11:00am
  • Fridays 9:00am-11:00am

*Please choose your first, second and third option

Enrollment Capacity

Sessions will be limited to 20 participants comprising 5 small cohorts of 4 participants each.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


Children's Hospital of WisconsinMarquette UniversityMSOEUWMVersitiVA Medical Center