Writing Process Reengineering
Coming soon, time & place TBA
Over the years, I have helped countless scholars become more productive and more effective writers, while fostering continuous improvement. From day to day, and week to week, you want to work in a way that both clarifies your thinking and improves your style. My seminars provide an introduction to a way of doing this and an overview of the ways I might be of help to you while you’re writing your dissertation and journal articles.
My approach focuses on the composition of individual paragraphs during what I call “writing moments”. A healthy writing process is simply a series of such moments, each of which reliably produces a unit of scholarly prose. Organizing your writing process over a number of weeks, and managing it from day to day, is now, like so many other things, just a matter of planning and execution. I have found that, while most scholars understand this in the case of other work tasks (including their research and teaching activities), it sometimes takes a shift of perspective to think in practical terms about their writing. My seminar will give you the tools you need to establish this perspective and carry it through.
Weekly Doctoral Writing Workshop
Every Thursday, from 13:00 to 15:00 throughout the semester, I host a small informal workshop. This is an opportunity to discuss particular problems that you face in writing your journal articles or your dissertation. (The focus is on your scholarly writing.) To participate you must submit a single paragraph, written in a well-defined writing moment, that exemplifies the difficulty you’d like to talk about. There will be time to workshop each paragraph as a group for about 25 minutes and spend the remainder of the time talking about general issues. Each meeting lasts two hours.
The Workshop is open to all PhD students at CBS. Participants must sign up in advance in our Course Calendar. There are four spots every week. You can participate as often as you like.
Self-organized Writing Groups
All researchers at CBS are welcome to contact me if they would like to meet on a regular basis to discuss their writing. The most useful model is for 2-4 scholars to agree on a meeting schedule that I’ll then try my best to accommodate. The meetings will focus on the issues that the participants want to discuss, of course, but I will normally suggest that we spend at least some of the time editing paragraphs together. Contact me by phone or email to make arrangements.