A recent seminar I ran at the BMJ was a load of fun. But it did remind me that, despite the pace of electronic change, we still need to maintain the core skills of clear writing.
My first book was on medical journalism, the second on writing scientific papers, the third a dip-into book called the A-Z of Medical Writing, and the fourth a coursebook on how to write effectively. I am now working on a completely different type of book – a personal history of the second half of the 20th century.
From 1990 until 2007 I ran a training business. During this time I designed and ran courses on writing scientific papers, effective writing, editing medical journals, setting up newsletters, and more. Some of these courses are now run under licence by licensed trainers.
On this website I want to share my experience trying to ensure that messages – particularly in the health services- are not just put out, but put across. Current advice covers the process of writing and style. More pages will soon follow.