Training & Evaluation Services
Writing Training. Dr. Dakin provides training in scientific,
technical, and business writing tailored to meet clients specific
training needs. She focuses on application of fundamental and advanced
writing skills to effective presentation of information in scientific,
technical, or business documents. She provides all course materials,
which may be customized to reflect clients subject matter
and document types. As an option, she provides detailed individual
feedback on participants writing samples or assignments.
usually range from 6 to 20 hours and cover the at least following
word choice, usage, and tone
punctuation (especially comma use)
common errors in sentence structure
keys to effective sentence structure
document organization and format
the writing process
popular training topics include conventions of scientific writing;
treatment of numbers, units, and quantities; use of tables and graphs;
how to write scientific journal articles; proposal, report, letter,
and memo writing; manuscript preparation; writing project management;
and author-editor relations.
Training Offered. Dr. Dakin
also has developed and presented courses and workshops in author-editor
relations, careers in technical writing, presentation of data in
graphs and tables, and typography for desktop publishing.
Dr. Dakin works one-on-one with individuals who need to improve
their work-related writing skills. She helps them write or revise
documents, such as reports or journal articles, while providing
systematic and detailed feedback.
Dr. Dakin provides evaluation of writing samples or writing tests
in support of hiring or employee development.
Dakin has presented over 100 writing courses or workshops, ranging
from 4 to 20 hours. Since 1982, she has annually taught a 12-hour
course in scientific writing and editing for Duke University Continuing
Education. These are some of the other organizations for which she
has provided training:
Natl. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Institute
Family Health International
University of North Carolina Medical School
Durham Veterans Administration Hospital
Burroughs Wellcome Co.
Cato Research, Ltd.
Customer Management Services
Public Service Co. of N.C.
City of Durham
North Carolina Writers Network