The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute

The GW SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence in collaboration with the leadership at Children’s National Hospital is offering a pilot professional development program designed to help faculty meet their personal writing and scholarly career goals.  The pilot program, called “The Writing Institute", has 3 options for participation:

Option 1

This option is available to you any time as an online, free, self-paced 8 module series. Go to Coursera Writing in the Sciences course. There’s an option to complete the program (approximately 30 hours of coursework) in its entirety and earn a certificate of completion. For SMHS GW faculty who earn a certificate, reimbursement (approximately $79) can be requested from the CFE for the first 50 requests. SMHS faculty whose primary appointment is at Children’s National Hospital (CNH) should contact Dr. Teach who will also support the first 50 CNH faculty who submit the certificate of completion for the Coursera Writing in the Sciences course. The deadline for reimbursement submissions is June 1, 2022. Please note, reimbursement requests must be within 60 days of certificate purchase date.

Option 2

Option 2 follow a peer mentoring/coaching model that meets regularly for 6 months and culminates in the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Completion of the Coursera Writing in the Sciences Course is not a pre-requisite or requirement for option 2, but participants will be expected to have reviewed core elements of the course prior to the first group meeting. Option 2 requires completion/submission of an application to select a limited number of participants.

The first cohort of peer-writing groups and coaching is underway and will conclude June 2022.The start date for the next cohort and call for applications is TBD.

Please reach out to the SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence ( with any questions about this option.

Option 2 Details


This program aims to improve the scholarly writing and publishing productivity of SMHS faculty with minimal to moderate experience in writing for peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.

Program Objectives

Upon completion, program participants will be able to:

  • Generate an effective and clear style of scientific writing. 
  • Develop the habit and skills of writing for lifelong scholarly productivity.
  • Prepare a scientific article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

The program will be six months in length and will culminate in a submission-ready article for a peer-reviewed scientific or medical journal.

Program Description

The program will begin January 2022 and will consist of:

  • select online self-paced learning modules (from the Coursera Writing in the Sciences course) covering the mechanics of scientific writing, and
  • small working groups (4-6 participants) focused on peer review of shared writing & support in learning/growing as a writer with guidance from coaches experienced in scientific writing and publishing.

Over the course of the six-month program, participants must:

  • complete assigned modules covering the mechanics of scientific writing within Coursera Writing in the Sciences program
  • attend small working groups. The peer groups will establish their own meeting schedule (at least monthly but can be more frequent) and format (e.g., in-person, online, or hybrid).
  • participate in group and one-on-one coaching on writing (through the sharing of draft article with others) engage in the peer review process of writing by providing feedback on others’ draft articles apply feedback from peers and coach
  • submit refined article to a peer-reviewed journal.
Application Process

Applications are closed for the Jan 2022 cohort.  Please check back for future offerings. 

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed application form Download 2022 Jan cohort application
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé/or list of publications
  • Written statement- please provide a 250–500-word explanation as to why you would like to be considered for this program. Include a self-assessment of your writing strengths and opportunities for improvement.  
  • Draft of the article you will be refining during the program and submitting at program completion.  

Upload completed applications and documentation as a single PDF

Please use the following naming convention: Last Name/First Initial/Date of Submission

Option 3

Participants are welcome to participate in both options outlined above.


Assuming success with this first pilot group and with input from those who participate, we will expand the program in Fall 2022.

Please reach out to the SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence ( with any questions.