Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Reduce your rejections. Write prose that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling. Create effective outlines after you write. Solicit meaningful feedback before formal review.
Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school, or even the best. Even when you can't work harder, there are important ways to work smarter. Much is known about how to become more prolific–and any scholar can.
These steps will show you how.
1. Differentiate between the urgent and the important.
2. Write at least 15–30 minutes daily.
3. Record minutes spent writing and share those records daily.
4. Write from the first day of your research project.
5. Post your thesis on the wall and write to it.
6. Organize your paper around a template.
7. Identify a key sentence in each paragraph.
8. Make a list of key sentences as a reverse outline.
9. Learn how to listen.
10. Share early drafts with non-experts and later drafts with experts.
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11. Read your prose out loud.
12. Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”
The workshop is based on a series of articles and a book, Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. A study of almost a hundred scholars who took these steps found that they increased the number of manuscripts they submitted by a factor of 2.7, or from two manuscripts per year to nearly six. Ninety-five percent of the scholars reported that their writing also improved.*
*Gray, T., Madson, L., & Jackson, M. (in press). Publish & Flourish: A program that helps scholars become better, more prolific writers. To Improve the Academy.
“Your methods changed my writing life. For the four years before the workshop, I wrote or revised 44 pages a year, but in the four years after, I wrote or revised 220 pages per year--five times as much!”
“I have adopted the 15 minute model along with other suggestions from Tara Gray. It has been about two weeks and I have hammered out a publication for submission and started the next one.”
“I decided to try these steps on a paper I had been trying to put together for five years. Four weeks later, the paper is out for review.”
“The last two manuscripts I submitted were accepted without revisions! I attribute my success to the 12 steps I learned from Publish & Flourish.”
The workshop can be presented in 2, 3, or 4 hours and can be repeated twice in one day. The workshops differ in the following ways:
The longer the workshop, the more experience participants gain in applying the steps to manuscripts; however, the shorter the workshop, the greater the attendance.
During 2018, Text and Academic Authors (TAA) will co-sponsor a limited number of Publish & Flourish workshops anywhere in the U.S. or its territories. The 2018 fees are given below. Fees are based on the number of workshops given during one trip:
The fee includes the costs of Tara’s fee and her domestic travel (transportation and hotel). It also includes one-year TAA memberships for up to 100 members and the book, Publish & Flourish, for each participant who joins TAA at the workshop.
Because the workshops are meant to be all-campus workshops, the host institution is responsible for sending at least three e-mail announcements to each scholar on the entire campus, preferably including both faculty and graduate students. The first two e-mails publicize the workshop and TAA. The post-workshop announcement publicizes TAA only.
TAA has limited funding and wants to use that funding to benefit the maximum number of faculty so it requests that the host institution ensures that 50 people register.
Contact Tara for the cost of the workshop internationally.
Workshops are generally scheduled on Fridays or Mondays. Tara will send you available dates upon request as soon as you tell her which months interest you.