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Getting Writing Done - Workshop Series

Getting writing done can be one of the great challenges of being an academic.  Yet, writing is critical to our success.  This workshop series of 5 1 ½ hour sessions examines the challenges of writing in academic culture and offer tips and strategies to support faculty in creating a more efficient, productive, and satisfying writing practice.   All sessions will allot time for discussion of participant experiences.  

Please fill out this interest form to find out more about when the next series will run.

Session 1 - Overcoming Common Writing Hurdles

This session explores hurdles that commonly hold academics back in their writing, (challenges such as facing the blank page, editing while writing, dealing with the imposter syndrome, etc.) and then presents approaches for re-thinking them and overcoming them.  

Session 2 - Making Time and Energy to Write

This session acknowledges the time constraints faculty face and presents strategies for becoming a productive writer nonetheless.  We will discuss tips for carving out time to write amidst teaching, service, and family obligations and identify ways to build motivation for writing projects.  

Session 3 - Productivity Tips from the Writing Pros

This session shares successful habits found to be common among highly productive scholars who have a track record of profuse publications even amidst busy schedules. This session will examine ways to adapt writing practices to implement some of these success strategies.

Session 4 - Managing Rejection and Revisions

While rejections are typical in the process of achieving publication and gaining funding, they can cost faculty precious time and emotional resources.  This session examines ways to strategize next steps following a rejection or major revision and provides time for discussion of individual participant challenges.

Session 5 - Finding a New Writerly Voice 

While academic style is the norm as faculty advance in the profession, many faculty find themselves eager to take on alternative writing projects:  an op ed for a local paper, a book that attracts an audience beyond fellow scholars, an interest developed later in their career, or a side project they have always wanted to write such as a memoir, personal essay, biography, or literary journalism.  This session explores the challenges and benefits in embracing a new writerly voice and provides strategies for success.