Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write prose that participants report is clearer, better organized, and more compelling.
Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but itís not the only school, or even the best. Even when you can't work harder, there are important ways to work smarter. Much is known about how to become more prolific–and any scholar can.
These steps will show you how.
- Differentiate between the urgent and the important.
- Write at least 15–30 minutes daily.
- Record minutes spent writing and share those records daily.
- Write from the first day of your research project.
- Post your thesis on the wall and write to it.
- Organize your paper around a template.
- Revise paragraphs around key sentences.
- Use your key sentences as an after-the-fact outline.
- Share early drafts with non-experts and later drafts with experts.
- Learn how to listen (to criticism).
Polish and Publish
- Read your prose out loud.
- Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”
The workshop is based on a book, Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar.
What Participants Say
The workshop can be presented in 2, 3, or 4 hours and can be repeated twice in one day. The workshops differ in the following ways:
- In the two-hour workshop, participants apply the steps to writing samples that Tara brings
- In the three-hour workshop, participants also apply the steps to one participant’s manuscript
- In the four-hour workshop, participants also work in small groups to apply the steps to each participant’s manuscript.
The longer the workshop, the more experience participants gain in applying the steps to manuscripts; however, the shorter the workshop, the greater the attendance.
During 2017, Text and Academic Authors (TAA) will co-sponsor a limited number of Publish & Flourish workshops anywhere in the U.S. or its territories. The 2016-2017 fees are given below, which depend on the number of workshops given during one trip:
The fee includes the cost of Taraís fee and domestic travel (transportation and hotel), as well as one-year TAA membership for up to 75 members and the book, Publish & Flourish, for each participant who joins TAA.
Because the workshops are meant to be all-campus workshops, the host institution is responsible for sending at least three e-mail announcements to each scholar on the entire campus, preferably including both faculty and graduate students. These e-mails publicize the workshop and TAA. The host institution also agrees to send one post-workshop announcement that publicized TAA only.TAA has limited funding and wants to use that funding to benefit the maximum number of faculty so it requests that the host institution ensures that 50 people register.
Contact Tara for the cost of the workshop internationally.
Workshops are generally scheduled on Fridays or Mondays. Tara will send you available dates upon request as soon as you tell her which months interest you.