Let Me Help You Tell a Story: Strategies for Improving Writing Clarity

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CE Credit: 1.50

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

People tend to be drawn to and understand information best when it is communicated to them in the form of a narrative or “story” rather than a list of facts. However, researchers rarely receive formal training on leveraging narrative tools when writing about their academic work. In this workshop, the presenter describes evidence-based strategies for consistently applying narrative structure to academic work, with a focus on preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed academic journals.

Learning Objective
Describe strategies for using narrative tools to improve the clarity of your academic writing.

Presenter: Andres De Los Reyes, PhD

De Los Reyes Dr. De Los Reyes is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Maryland at College Park. He serves as Director of the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP), a laboratory that seeks to understand the inconsistent outcomes that commonly arise from multi-informant assessments of child and adolescent mental health. His publications have appeared in such journals as the Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Review, Psychological Assessment, and the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP), and Founding Program Chair of JCCAP's Future Directions Forum.

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Supplementary Materials

  • Strategies for Improving Writing Clarity Handout
  • Slides PDF