Kali Tal

Writing Workshops • Freelance Editing • Advanced English Coaching

Phone: 076 611 39 75


I am Senior Editor at the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, where I edit scientific and medical papers. As a freelancer, I edit academic articles and books in the social sciences and humanities, as well as the sciences, and have worked in fields ranging from legal studies, to political science, sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies and literature. I’ve also edited fiction and poetry.  I offer instruction in science and academic writing, and coach those who wish to present papers or reports in English at professional conferences or meetings.

I do edit for grammar and style, but I am primarily a content editor. I specialize in strengthening the narratives of academic papers, and can reorganize content to present ideas in a more compelling fashion. As a scientific editor, I have a clear understanding of the functions served by each section of a paper (IMRD: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion), and an excellent record of assisting authors with successful submissions to high-impact journals. If you have a paper or book manuscript and would like a quote, please send a query and a writing sample to me via email.  All manuscripts will be treated as confidential.

From 1996-2006 I was a Professor of Humanities at The University of Arizona, Tucson, and am the author of several books and many articles for both academic and popular audiences. My academic cv is available.

Workshops: I offer writing workshops in academic settings, for researchers at the graduate and post-graduate level who publish in English. These courses are designed to improve the organization, style, and narrative power of draft manuscripts, and are appropriate for both native and non-native English speakers.

  • How to Write a Scientific Paper and Get It Published: This one- or two-day course was designed by Tim Albert. His pragmatic and focused method for successful scientific writing and publication has been taught and used around the world. I am a certified trainer for the course, which can be taught as either a one- or two-day workshop. This course works best for researchers who have finished collecting and analyzing data, and who want to quickly move through the process of writing up and submitting their work.
  • Constructing Sentences for Scientists: I developed this one-day course to meet the very specific needs of non-native English speakers who are required to publish in English in the hard and social sciences.  I quickly and effectively train writers to express themselves with both accuracy and precision. Learn to strip out unnecessary verbiage, write arguments that flow gracefully and logically, and summarize your points with strength and clarity. This course is intended for English learners at the advanced-intermediate level and above.  But even those who consider themselves fluent will learn new tricks for streamlining and strengthening the narrative of scientific papers.
  • Theory and Practice: A Writing Workshop for Humanities Scholars: This course leads humanities and interdisciplinary scholars through the process of developing a journal or monograph manuscript for submission. It includes modules on data and source collection, organization, methodology, outlining, writing, and editing, and also covers the practical aspects of forming a writing group, the challenge of positioning your work publicly within an ongoing discourse, and deciding where to submit your manuscript.

Courses can be mixed and matched.  For example, I package the first two courses into an intensive week-long, concept-to-submission writing workshop that includes my editorial services. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences, or the humanities. I can also add a module that addresses the special challenges that writing in English poses to German native speakers. I offer similar concept-to-submission courses in the social sciences and the humanities.  Contact me if you’d like me to tailor a course to the needs of your program, department, or institute.

Please contact me for workshop rates. I work both in and outside of Switzerland, and am happy to travel anywhere in the world if my schedule allows it.

Freelance Rates:

  • Editing: CHF 100-150/hour, depending on assignment.
  • Advanced English skills: CHF 100/hour.
  • Presentation Coaching: CHF 100/hour.
  • Workshops: price varies, depending on course requirements. I do not accept translation work.

Native language: English.  I speak German at an intermediate level, and can read German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Related degrees: Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1991; B.A. American Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1983.

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