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Establishing a successful weekly writing practice can dramatically improve your productivity. However, there are lots of pitfalls that stand between faculty members and actually accomplishing their writing and productivity goals. Join Laura Plummer, Director of the Scholarly Writing Program at Indiana University, as she outlines ways to overcome these obstacles.
Because productive writing depends on a balance of hard and soft skills, we will cover both. You’ll learn about software tools like Scrivener and Mendeley, and you’ll also leave with techniques to help you build focus, space, accountability, and rewards into your practice.
Who should attend?
A weekly writing practice can benefit many university team members but will have the greatest impact on faculty and academic staff. This could include teaching and research faculty, adjuncts, chairs, deans, teaching and learning development staff, or governance members.
While writing is an individual journey and process, there are common pitfalls that can be addressed to make your practice stronger. We have identified common concerns and techniques for improvement:
- The elusive big block of writing time
- Underestimating time needs
- Setting unreasonable goals
- Writing in isolation
Powerful Tools and Techniques:
- Effective time tracking and focusing
- Maximizing your writing space
- Writing management and concept mapping tools
- Creating reachable goals, accountability structures, and reward systems