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Writing Project Workshop: Getting Started, Following Through

Jumpstart your summer writing goals in this one-week workshop, with a focus on developing and planning your own writing and research project. Co-led by writing teachers and scholars Diana Epelbaum and Tahneer Oksman, we will explore academic writing, from the nuts and bolts of writing, revision, organization, and editing, to reflective conversations about writing-related anxiety, including finding support systems, examining motivations and roadblocks, and developing effective feedback practices. Together, we will discuss healthy approaches to productivity culture. Using our expertise with developmental editing, writing across the curriculum, and holistic project framing, we will provide individual feedback to each participant while pointing to the many ways instructors can bring some of these same techniques to their own classes across the disciplines. By the end of the week, participants will walk away with a summer research and writing plan, as well as a repertoire of individualized tools to help follow it through.

Professors from all disciplines working on any kind of writing project—including articles, book chapters, research proposals, and hybrid or digital projects, among others—and from all career stages are encouraged to apply. Participants should come with a project they would like to develop and a one-to-two paragraph description of that project and its timeline. Ideally, instructors will bring projects that are in their early stages, though we will also accept those further along.

Faculty will:

  • Develop the organization, scope, and timeline for a current scholarly project.
  • Develop a repertoire of individualized tools to help follow through on the project.
  • Receive and use effective peer and convener feedback towards their own writing goals.
  • Reflect on their own writing methodologies and practices, evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Reflect on transferring their own writing methodologies and practices to the classroom.
  • Contextualize writing anxiety, productivity culture, and personal barriers to writing.
  • Participate in a community of writers, researchers, and teacher-scholars.

Seminar Schedule. Seminars run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a midday communal lunch. Seminar conveners may adjust the class schedule in response to participant needs. Special events may also be held during the week. Participants are required to attend the full week of seminar meetings and maintain 90% attendance overall.

Seminar Materials. Eligible participants are provided with all required seminar materials (books, articles, laboratory equipment, and entrance fees).

Accommodations & Meals. Limited housing accommodations are provided to participants who live more than 50 miles from the program site. All admitted participants are provided with some meals during the program period.

Application Procedure. Applicants should submit the completed application along with all of the following:

  • A statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution
  • A current CV
  • A letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research
  • Their institutional liaison officer’s approval