Short Course: Geological Writing Workshop

Geological Writing Workshop - A 'Rusty Nail" Refresher  


Presented by David Thomas

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course description: 

Communicating our knowledge, ideas, arguments and conclusions effectively and successfully is a critical skill for all practicing geoscientists. The work of geological writing is essentially a matter of thinking, and the product represents both what and how well a person thinks. When properly constructed, the written word transmits facts, ideas and complex concepts. Failure to communicate with clarity, accuracy and conviction using the written word will impose constraints on how others view our intelligence, technical ability and our work. Whether a field-trip report, thesis, a paper for publication, memo, drill report or an annual project report the object is the same; to communicate information clearly, accurately and succinctly. Ultimately, geological data and interpretations can’t be used if the import of the information can’t be understood.

The first half of the workshop will focus on a grammatical refresher highlighting common mistakes in geological writing such as the use of incorrect tense, anonymous words, use of vague wording, dangling participles and anthropomorphism. The first part of the workshop will also review of the correct usage of hyphenation and compound phrases, citation of numerical information and use of correct punctuation in scientific writing. The second part of the workshop will address organizing and structuring your thoughts, thinking beyond the obvious, importance of expanding your descriptive vocabulary and the importance of creating visual images in geological writing.


Attendance: Limit 15 registrants

Course attendance fee: 
$300.00 + GST ($15.00) = $315.00
Student rate: $200.00 + GST ($10.00) = $210.00 (Please contact us at for student invoicing)

Lunch will be provided. If you have dietary concerns, please contact Jason Berenyi at the address supplied below. 

Cancellation and refund policy: All Saskatchewan Geological Open House Short Courses may be subject to cancellation if undersubscribed. If the course is cancelled, all registration fees will be refunded in full. Registration fees are non-refundable for voluntary withdrawals after November 15, 2019.

Venue: Spadina Room, Mezzanine Level, Delta Bessborough,
601 Spadina Crescent E,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Contact for course inquiries: Jason Berenyi (