Throughout their careers, academics are constantly evaluated based on their writing. Yet, universities do very little to support graduate students and faculty in coping with the psychological, mental and creative challenges involved in the academic "writing life".
This crash course aims to introduce academic writers with useful insight and practices gleaned from the literature on creative unblocking and provide ample resources for successfully dealing with various types of “blocks” from “Imposter Syndrome” to perfectionism, avoidance to procrastination, and anxiety to paralysis. Geared specifically for those writing original academic research, participants will begin contemplating and developing a mindful, compassionate, regular, sustainable and even pleasurable writing practice.
- Explore the specific nature of academic writing and name its attending challenges
- Identify and learn to navigate the various stages of the academic writing process
- Analyze the most common types of academic writer’s block and present helpful interventions
- Discover and experiment with a range of “creative unblocking” practices and exercises (written and other)
- Learn easy to use, practical techniques that support the development of a joyful, daily writing practice.
- Discuss ways to balance your writing and life with teaching, publishing and service
The workshop is open to Academic writers on all levels – from graduate students to faculty and independent scholars of all ranks.
Class Limit is 20.