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Want Success As An Academic Writer? Build A Writing Circle


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Exploration of how building and participating in writing circles helps academics, professors and researchers to be increase their scholarly productivity. Composed by Candis Pizzetta for the Jackson State University Center for University Scholars. Composed: September 2016.

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Want Success As An Academic Writer? Build A Writing Circle

  1. 1. WANT SUCCESS AS AN ACADEMIC WRITER? BUILD A WRITING CIRCLE Center for University Scholars 2016 – 2017 Writing Circle Series
  2. 2. ① Connect with colleagues with similar goals. ② Design a realistic writing plan to help manage the article writing process. ③ Select an article to write/revise for submission to a journal. ④ Go forth and write. 2
  3. 3. ① Review Belcher’s12-week writing plan ② Create your team ③ Design your writing plan ④ Set realistic goals ⑤ Make writing a habit ⑥ Choose a text ⑦ Consider a co-author ⑧ Select a journal ⑨ Wrap-up & feedback 3
  4. 4. HTTP://WWW.WENDYBELCHER.COM/PAGES/WORKBOOKFORMS.HTM 4 • Set up a realistic, not ambitious writing plan! • Where you can fit in 15 minutes of writing?
  5. 5.  The writing itself is a solitary activity, but shared planning and accountability make it more social (and more successful).  Work with a writing partner/writing group. This helps not only to provide a reviewer, but adds motivation.  Consider having a contract.  Decide on a reward & punishment.  Rewards: new shoes, movie, tickets, etc.  Punishments: a week without Facebook/Twitter, no TV for a week, etc. 6
  6. 6. Writing Partners Writing Group 7
  7. 7.  Pick a writing site and stick to it!  What improvements can you make to it?  Plott out your time and creating a writing plan  Use a chart  Use online/mobile phone tools/apps such as iCal, Google calendar/reminders  Plot out writing tasks for each day for the span of plan 9
  8. 8. How to identify a good text (Belcher, 2009):  Praise: has a professor said a certain paper was strong?  Pleasure: was there a topic you really enjoyed writing about?  Relevance: have you talked/written about a current debate in the field?  Research/Findings: have you performed any research/collected data in the field?  Conference presentation: have you presented on a topic at a professional conference?  Thesis: did you write a Master’s/Doctoral thesis?  Rejected article: did you send in an article already? 10
  9. 9. Consider co-writing with:  A peer  A former professor  A mentor  A graduate student Tips for collaborating  Determine a file naming system e.g. YEAR_MONTH_DAY_AUTHOR INITIALS_TITLE.docx  Save ALL drafts  Never have two authors working at the same time  Take advantage of others’ strengths 11
  10. 10. Based on a survey conducted in 2000:  38,000 active academic journals in circulations today  22,000 of these are peer-review journals  Only 35% of journals get more than 100 submissions each year  Only 5% of journals have a 90% rejection rate or higher (as cited by Belcher, 2009) 12
  11. 11.  Find the acceptance rates/impact factors of the journals you are considering.  Cabell’s Publishing  Science Watch  Visit journal websites and read their publication guidelines for authors.  Search for the journals that have an upcoming theme or special issue on your topic.  Is the journal formal or informal in style? Do they prefer primary research, theoretical articles, or pedagogical articles?  What does the review process for the journal look like? 13
  12. 12.  If you would like to provide encouragement and support to your peers in today’s workshop, we have a Twitter account @ScholarsWrite that you can follow.  And you can take part in the virtual writing circle by posting your writing goals once a week (we like Tuesdays) by using #scholarswrite in a post along with your goals or successes for the week. 14