Kenyon College - Department of Biology
Science Prose Workshop
Sponsored by HHMI 2000, Summer 2002

Writing: Helpful Hints

  1. Start paragraph with topic sentence that tells what the paragraph will do.
  2. In the paragraph, start each sentence with "old" information.
  3. Avoid "this, those, these."
  4. In each sentence, define new words.  If a word has appeared before, but not for a while, include a brief reminder.
  5. Join separate clauses with helpful linking words such as "but" and "therefore."
  6. Conclude the sentence with the most important new thought.
  7. Use important concluding thought of previous sentence to start the next sentence.
**Read Gopen & Swan, 1990.**
It's simply the best explanation of 
how to write science.