Title: Strategies for becoming a productive writer
Date: 6/3/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop Leaders: Drs. Jen Owen and Yin-Phan Tsang, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Do you struggle with writing? Do you frequently sit down to write and find yourself surfing the web or on social media websites only to find that an hour later you never actually produced a sentence? Do you always find some reason why you cannot write – e.g. you do not have enough data, you have too much data, you haven’t exhaustively read the literature, your desk is too cluttered, you need to clean the house first, you are not good at writing, and the excuses go on! If this sounds like you, rest assured you are not alone. Many people struggle with writing; yet, writing is a core part of graduate school, whether it is writing a thesis/dissertation, grant proposals, and/or publishing your research. Further, if you are pursuing a career in academia or other professional career, writing is going to be the primary means by which you will disseminate your research and communicate with your professional network. Regardless of whether you have good or poor writing skills, it can be a struggle just to get the words on the paper. And, one of the primary ways to become a more proficient writer is by writing more.
In this workshop, Drs. Owen and Tsang will share their own successful writing practices as well as strategies they learned from a week-long National Science Foundation-sponsored writing productivity workshop. They will dissect the process of writing and offer multiple strategies to help you become a more productive writer. You will be made aware of the different tools available to you for setting and meeting reasonable writing goals and how to develop a timeline for a writing project. A framework will be provided for building a support community to motivate you to continue writing, and to stay productive long-term. The goal of this workshop is to give you different strategies that you can then personalize to best meet your personality and work habits.
Location: Room 201 International Center
Registration is closed. Workshop is full.