Effective Communication: Sentence and Story with Joanna Downer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research Development



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Joanna Downer, PhD,

During this session, you will learn how to effectively communicate your ideas and plans in improved academic writing. Led by Joanna Downer, PhD, Associate Dean for Research Development for the Duke School of Medicine, this session will teach you how to apply the writing principles developed by Dr. George Gopen, Professor of the Practice Emeritus of the Duke University Writing Program, as well as Dr. Downer's own tips and tricks for effectively revising your own work. Dr. Downer will share strategies for improved writing and storytelling to make all of your professional communications more effective. Topics will include knowing your audience, choosing the right information, telling a convincing story, and avoiding common pitfalls. Content will be broadly applicable to all types of academic writing.