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A Writing Group Strategy for Scientists

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Slides from a workshop offered at the 2015 Annual Meeting of SACNAS.

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A Writing Group Strategy for Scientists

  1. 1. A Writing Group Strategy for Scientists Gizem Karaali, PhD Candice Price, PhD Amanda Ruiz, PhD SACNAS 2015
  2. 2. Gizem Karaali Candice Price Associate Professor Assistant Professor Pomona College Sam Houston State University Mathematics Department Mathematics Department Who are we?
  3. 3. ∗Pick people who believe in the process. ∗Pick people at a similar level. ∗Pick people motivated to work. ∗Pick people who have something to do. ∗Pick a group that is comfortable with one another. Picking your writing group
  4. 4. Remember that this is a writing group. Thus, you will be working on a project where the research portion is “finished”. See our handout on some suggestions for what types of projects might be ideal to work on for this writing group. Picking your project
  5. 5. ∗ Do you have any papers you submitted that got rejected with reviews that burned? ∗ Do you have any papers you submitted that got accepted or came back with revise & resubmit suggestions and that you are still sitting on? ∗ Do you have any math that you have done already that needs to be written down, but oh that time has never come? ∗ Do you have a project that most of the math is done but you do need to tweak this example and make sure the theorem works for that subcase and so on? ∗ Do you have a dissertation that still needs mining for a paper or two? ∗ Are you determined that this semester you will submit that grant proposal? Picking your project!
  6. 6. ∗8 week schedule vs 10 week schedule vs other? ∗Weekly schedule? Setting your schedule
  7. 7. ∗ Don’t expect/need inspiration (or be like Somerset Maugham!) ∗ Whatever you do counts! ∗ Keep time! ∗ Park downhill! What happens in each writing session
  8. 8. Some possible scenarios: ∗ sick child / partner / parent ∗ sick writer ∗ unexpected committee meeting ∗ computer trouble ∗ natural disaster ∗ fatal mistake ∗ unresponsive collaborator / advisor Things that will go wrong…
  9. 9. Let us brainstorm solutions! What to do about them…
  10. 10. ● Academic Writing Club: The Academic Writing Club is an easily-accessible, interactive and supportive online community of experts and colleagues that provides a support system so that you can learn and consistently employ techniques specific to productive and prolific academic writing. ● Publication Coach:Publication Coach brings techniques from daily journalism and time management, and adapts them to meet your writing needs. ● Online stopwatch: Online stopwatch is one of the many freely available online stopwatch / countdown gadgets. I actually prefer to use the full-screen version. You can definitely use it as part of the Pomodoro Technique (see above) or with any other productivity plan that requires you to work for a fixed amount of time. ● Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success This is a revolutionary approach to enabling academic authors to overcome their anxieties and produce the publications that are essential to succeeding in their fields. Each week, readers learn a particular feature of strong articles and work on revising theirs accordingly. At the end of twelve weeks, they send their article to a journal. Resources
  11. 11. Friends don’t let friends write alone… Let’s write! gizem.karaali@pomona.edu candice.price@shsu.edu Writing doesn’t have to be lonely…