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


Many scholarly 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, more prolific scholar–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 manuscripts submitted from a rate of two manuscripts per year to nearly six.* You can too. Ten elegantly simple steps will show you how.


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 research project.

Step 4: Outline your manuscript based on an exemplar.



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 manuscript out loud.

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

Workshop Formats

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar 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 their scholarly writing.

Applying the Ten Steps of Publish & Flourish 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 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-part series of workshops are described below.

Workshop 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.

Workshop 2 • Organize Your Paper around an Exemplar

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

Workshop 3 • Write Key Sentences for your Manuscript and Paragraphs

Organizing around key or topic sentences is not easy until you know the drill! Come learn how to write keys for your manuscript and paragraphs as a way of organizing both.

Workshop 4 • Outline your Manuscript after You Write It by Making a List of Key Sentences

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

Workshop 5 • Polish and Publish

It’s hard to put the finishing touches on a 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 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.

What Participants Say


“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."

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