Develop Your Academic Writing Practice: Process, Structure and Craft with Dr. Sharon Shahaf

Instructor: Sharon Shahaf


Academics love to share their research with the world, but they don’t always likeor enjoy their writing process or dealing with elements of style and craft. However, it’s never too late for academic writers to begin building a writing practice that is both successful and joyful. This series will help you un(b)lock your flow and develop a mindful and effective writing practice.

If you struggle with procrastination and avoidance; if you get lost and confused in your writing process; if you get frozen in dread, or just bored stiff while trying to convey your brilliant ideas in written form – this series is for you!

Working together in a group setting, participants are invited to workshop their own research projects (articles, book chapters, dissertations, or monographs) while learning and practicing valuable writing skills. As they master “process,” craft, argument, and style, writers can expect to outline and complete a solid draft for a quality publishable product.

Writers will learn how to:

  • Identify and reach their writing goals
  • Understand and deal with avoidance and blocks
  • Plan, manage and trace their writing and “recharge” time
  • Discuss ways to recognize, deal with and avoid academic burnout
  • Understand and work with the stages of the writing process
  • Learn how to go from outline to finished product without panic
  • Learn and practice craft and style “hacks”
  • Use outlining and structural planning to achieve quality products with relative ease!

Open to anyone writing research or any form of informational essays or non-fiction books.

Class Limit is 12.


$ 350.00



Biography: Sharon Shahaf (BA, MA, Tel Aviv University; PhD University of Texas) is an internationally recognized global media scholar, living in the City of Decatur, Georgia. An independent scholar and nonfiction writer, Shahaf currently has a research affiliation with the Department of Radio Television and Film at The University of Texas in Austin. Shahaf writes, publishes, teaches and edits academic scholarly work. She has published scholarly books, journal articles, special issues and book chapters as well as online essays and book reviews in English and Hebrew. As an academic editor she is the winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies “Best Edited Collection Award” (2013) for her co-edited collection Global Television Formats: Understanding Television across Borders (Routledge, 2012). Her monograph Rethinking Television Formats: A New Theory from the Global Margin, is forthcoming from Routledge (in 2020). More recently, Shahaf has begun writing about academic writing and teach/coach academic writers. She is working on a new book project titles, The Creative Professor or: How to Survive Academia and Write with Ease and Joy.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): Thursdays, September 26 - November 7 (skipping October 31)

Class time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Type of Class: 6 Week Class


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