Clear, concise and compelling by Malini Devadas

Clear, concise and compelling

An online course for writing your journal article


Do you struggle to find time for writing? Do you spend endless time revising draft after draft? Or are you just not confident in your writing skills?

Wouldn't you love to be able to write your journal articles faster, creating a good first draft that you then efficiently revise and copyedit, ready for submission?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then Clear, concise and compelling may be just what you need. In this 8-week e-course, you will be given the tools you need to write a clear, concise and compelling journal article. You will be applying everything you are learning to your own journal article and will have deadlines to motivate you to get it done! 

In addition to these tools, you will become a member of a private Facebook community, where you can seek support from and provide support to others who are also writing academic manuscripts. I know from experience that professional online communities can be invaluable. And there certainly aren't many around that focus on academic writing.

Ideal participants

This course is aimed at graduate students and early-career researchers; however, anyone who wants a process to follow for academic writing will benefit from the course material. In addition, supportive online communities devoted to academic writing are hard to come by. So while I know you will benefit from all the content, I think that the community support will be priceless.


The cost is AU $440 (this is inclusive of GST for Australian residents). You get access to the course material and the online community for as long as the course exists (which I'm anticipating to be many years to come), so you can come back to the content each time you need to write a journal article. 

My qualifications

I did my PhD in Australia in the late 1990s and then went on to complete a prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan. After returning to Australia, I retrained as an editor and have worked as a professional editor since 2004, becoming accredited with the Institute of Professional Editors in 2009. I have also given writing and editing workshops around Australia since 2011. All of my experience from working as an editor and giving writing workshops has been poured into this e-course. After all these years, I find that most clients struggle with the same aspects of academic writing, all of which I have addressed in the course material.


Thanks very much for the great material. I really enjoyed the course and now have a complete journal article and cover letter. — IH, Canberra.

What's included?

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Week 1: Preparing and Thinking
Week 1
Module 1 Video 1 Overview.mp4
9 mins
Module 1 Worksheet Preparing and Thinking.pdf
44.9 KB
Module 1 Preparing and Thinking.mp4
10 mins
Module 1 checklist.pdf
27.9 KB
Week 2: Planning
Week 2
Module 2 Planning.mp4
7 mins
Module 2 Worksheet Planning.pdf
57.2 KB
Week 3: Writing (Results and Discussion)
Week 3
Journal article template.docx
16.9 KB
Module 3 Writing.mp4
5 mins
Module 3 template instructions.pdf
19.1 KB
Module 3 Bonus Freewriting.pdf
16.8 KB
Week 4: Writing (Methods and Introduction)
Week 4
Week 4 Intro.mp4
1 min
Week 5: Writing (all the other bits)
Week 5
Module 5 All the extra bits.mp4
11 mins
Module 5 Worksheet 1.pdf
38.7 KB
Cover letter.docx
14.1 KB
Week 6: Revising
Week 6
Module 6 Worksheet 1.pdf
79.9 KB
Module 6 Revising.mp4
6 mins
Sample answers to exercises.pdf
32 KB
Week 7: Copyediting
Week 7
Module 7 Copyediting.mp4
9 mins
Module 7 Worksheet 1.pdf
45.6 KB
Editorial stylesheet template.docx
13.8 KB
Copyediting exercise.docx
18.4 KB
Copyediting exercise-errors.pdf
53.8 KB
40.4 KB
Week 8: Proofreading
Week 8
Module 8 Proofreading.mp4
7 mins
Module 8 Worksheet 1.pdf
65.8 KB
Proofreading exercise.pdf
19.2 KB
Proofreading answers.pdf
24.9 KB
Proofreading checklist.pdf
14.1 KB


I'll be away for some of the next 8 weeks. Does that matter?

No. You get access to the course for the life of the program (which I'm anticipating to be for many years to come) so you can work through the course material when it suits you.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

The short answer is no, not simply because you have changed your mind. I have been running workshops based on this content since 2011 and have had many happy clients during that time, so I know that this content can help you write a great journal article.

However, if you have completed the first two modules and interacted in the Facebook group and you then decide that the course is not helping you, I would be happy to offer you a refund. Simply email within 14 days of your purchase and attach the completed worksheets from the first two modules and I will process your refund.

I still have questions. Can you help me?

Sure! Send an email to and I'd be happy to discuss the course further with you.

Helping academics write clear, concise and compelling documents

I'm Dr Malini Devadas, and I'm a professional academic writing coach. I help graduate students, early career academics and medical professionals improve their writing skills.