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Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing in 10  Steps

Publish in better journals and write winning grants. Triple your productivity. Get glowing reviews. Write prose that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling.

 

Many grant, book, and journal writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s 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 a better academic writer–and anybody can.

 

Workshop participants who followed the steps were studied and 95% of almost 100 participants reported that their writing improved. The average participant also increased the number of grant proposals and manuscripts submitted from a rate of two per year to nearly six.* You can too. Ten elegantly simple steps will show you how.

Write

Step 1: Write daily for at least 15–30 minutes.

Step 2: Record your minutes spent writing–share records daily.

Step 3: Write informally from the first day of your grant or research project.

Step 4: Outline your grant or manuscript based on an exemplar.

 

Revise

Step 5: Find or write a key sentence for each paragraph.

Step 6: Make a list of key sentences as an after-the-fact outline.

Step 7: Seek informal feedback before formal review.

Step 8: Respond effectively to feedback.

Step 9: Read your grant or manuscript out loud.

Step 10: Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”

Workshop Formats

Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing in 10 Steps is a highly interactive two-hour workshop in which the ten steps are introduced. It features a short answer question in chat, a breakout room, a dozen poll questions, and about a dozen questions from the audience. Participants leave with new tools to apply to grants and manuscripts.

Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing: Applying 10 Steps is a five-part workshop. One or more steps are introduced each day and participants spend the rest of the time applying those steps to a grant or manuscript that they bring to the workshop. This five-part virtual workshop series meets for 90 minutes five times over the span of a week or once a week over five weeks. The advantage of the five-part workshop over the one-time workshop is that participants apply the steps during the workshop itself and, having tried the steps, adopt more of them. The advantage of the five-week version of the workshop is that participants are invited to write daily and record it in a shared spreadsheet. The shared accountability results in participants writing an average of four times a week for 30 minutes and increasing their productivity by a factor of 2.7.* The five parts of the workshop are described below.

Part 1 • Write Daily

Only 12% of scholars succeed in writing daily, and they greatly outperform those who don’t. But how do you get started and keep going? Learn how and practice a well-tested method for breaking out as a writer.

Part 2 • Organize Your Grant or Manuscript around an Exemplar

Many successful grant and journal writers outline an exemplar (outstanding grant proposal or publication) on a subject close to theirs. Then, they outline their own grant or manuscript accordingly, in a mirror-like approach.

Part 3 • Write Key Sentences for Each Paragraph

Organizing around key or topic sentences is not easy until you know the drill! Come learn how to write keys for your grant or manuscript—and your paragraphs—as an effective form of organization.

Part 4 • Outline after You Write by Making a List of Key Sentences

Work on the organization of your grant or manuscript by making a list of key sentences and checking that list for between-paragraph organization.

Part 5 • Polish and Publish

It’s hard to put the finishing touches on a grant or manuscript—and send it off for review. But that’s exactly what writers must do. Come learn pitfalls to avoid and methods to polish your grant or manuscript.

*Gray, T., Madson, L., & Jackson, M. (2018). Publish & Flourish: Helping scholars become better, more prolific writers. To improve the academy: A journal of educational development, 37, 243-256.

https://doi.org/10.1002/tia2.20081

What Participants Say

 

“I am writing a grant currently and I will stop and go back to the beginning.”

 

“Your methods changed my writing life. For the four years before the workshop, I wrote or revised 44 pages a year, but in the four years after, I wrote or revised 220 pages per year—five times as much!”

 

“I have adopted the 15 minute model along with other suggestions from Tara Gray. It has been about two weeks and I have hammered out a publication for submission and started the next one.”

 

“I decided to try these steps on a paper I had been trying to put together for five years. Four weeks later, the paper is out for review.”

 

“The last two manuscripts I submitted were accepted without revisions! I attribute my success to the steps I learned from Publish & Flourish.”

 

"The workshop will give you a great framework for creating and revising your writing for the rest of your life."

Domestic Fee Schedule

With Textbook and Academic Authors Co-Sponsorship

Textbook and Academic Authors (TAA) will co-sponsor a limited number of virtual workshops for faculty anywhere in the 50 United States. With TAA co-sponsorship, the fee to the hosting institution for the two-hour workshop, Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing in 10 Steps, is $1,000.

With TAA co-sponsorship, the fee to the hosting institution for the five-session workshop, Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing: Applying 10 Steps is $5,000.

 

Fees include:

  • Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing in 10 Steps or Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing: Applying 10 Steps

  • Up to 65 one-year TAA memberships

  • Tara Gray’s 2020 eBook for each registrant: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar

For either workshop, TAA will handle registration, providing one registration link to collect the information that will be used to deliver the workshop login details, the TAA membership, and the eBook.

 

TAA will provide email templates to promote the events and memberships together.  

 

TAA is a non-profit, 501c(3) devoted to helping textbook and academic authors thrive. For more information on TAA and the resources available through membership visit TAAonline.net.

For international workshops or for other workshops without TAA co-sponsorship, see the fee schedule below.

*Gray, T., Madson, L., & Jackson, M. (2018). Publish & Flourish: Helping scholars become better, more prolific writers. To improve the academy: A journal of educational development, 37, 243-256.

https://doi.org/10.1002/tia2.20081

International Fee Schedule

Without Textbook and Academic Authors Co-Sponsorship

 

For international workshops or domestic workshops without TAA co-sponsorship, the fee for Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing in 10 Steps is US$2,000 and the fee for Exemplary Grant and Journal Writing: Applying 10 Steps is US$6,000.

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Kindle versions of the book, Publish & Flourish, can be purchased for US$10.

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