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CTSI Manuscript Writing Course

Complete one manuscript in 8 weeks

CTSI Manuscript Writing Course

Complete one manuscript in 8 weeks.

Course Overview

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

This course aims to reduce participants’ anxieties, speed up progress, elevate quality, and achieve success in writing competitive manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.


  • 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 provide, receive, and utilize feedback
  • Encourage participants to recognize and seize opportunities for future collaboration and/or professional writing development

Intended Audience

This course is intended for clinicians, investigators, and other faculty at MCW and our partner intuitions who are at any stage of their career and who would like the structure, pacing, accountability, guidance, and support to complete one competitive manuscript in 8 weeks to disseminate their research. 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 in different disciplines who are working on unrelated research projects form a small cohort to support each other in the manuscript writing process.

Cohorts will meet for one 2-hour session each week for a total of 8 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.

Dates and Times

Session 1: March 23 – May 15, 2020

Participants will choose their weekly session from the options listed below.


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


10:00 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

* Please note: We will only be able to run those timeslots in which four people have registered.

Session 2: June 15 – August 14, 2020

Weekly session times to be determined

Session 3: September 13 – November 6, 2020

Weekly session times to be determined

Enrollment Capacity

Session 1 (March to May) is limited to 16 participants who will form 4 small cohorts of 4 participants each. Subsequent sessions will be limited to 20 participants comprising 5 small cohorts of 4 participants each.

Course Cost

Participants are invited to apply for a $600 stipend to participate in this professional development opportunity to enhance their scholarship efforts.

Application Deadline

Applications for Session 1 must be received by Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Notification of selection will be no later than Monday, March 16, 2020.

Facilitator Biography

Pat Walsh recently retired as Professor Emerita of Professional Communication at Alverno College. While engaged in her teaching career, she built a thriving freelance business as a professional writing coach who specializes in empowering health care researchers to write for publication. Pat has helped countless individuals and teams across institutions write manuscripts that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.  A positive and encouraging writing coach, Pat creates inclusive learning environments where professionals with a growth mindset flourish.

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