Triple your productivity. Avoid blistering reviews and rejections. Write prose that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling.


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 a better, more prolific scholar–and any scholar can.


Workshop participants who followed the steps below were studied and 95% of almost 100 participants reported that their writing improved. The average participant also increased the number of manuscripts submitted from two manuscripts per year to nearly six.*



1. Write daily for at least 15–30 minutes.

2. Record minutes spent writing and share those records daily.

3. Write from the first day of your research project.

4. Organize your paper around a template.



5. Identify a key sentence in each paragraph.

6. Make a list of key sentences as an after-the-fact or reverse outline.

7. Learn how to listen.

  8. Share early drafts with non-experts and later drafts with experts.

  9. Read your prose out loud.

10. Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”


*Gray, T., Madson, L., & Jackson, M. (2018). Publish & Flourish: Helping scholars become better, more prolific writers. To Improve the Academy, 37, 243-256.

What Participants Say

“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 steps I learned from Publish & Flourish.”

"The workshop will give you a great framework for creating and revising your writing for the rest of your life."

Workshop Formats

The workshop can be presented in two or three hours and can be repeated twice in one day. The workshops differ in the following ways:

  • In the two-hour workshop, the ten steps are shared in a highly interactive presentation.
  • In the three-hour workshop, participants spend an additional hour applying the steps to a section of a paper that they bring to the workshop. They do this by getting feedback from a small group of participants using a time-tested protocol.


The longer workshop gives participants more experience in applying the steps to one of their manuscripts; however, the shorter workshop draws a larger crowd.

Domestic Cost

During 2019, Text and Academic Authors (TAA) will co-sponsor a limited number of Publish & Flourish workshops anywhere in the U.S. or its territories. The 2019 fees are given below. (2018 fees are available for engagements booked before December 31, 2018. They are $100 lower.) Fees are based on the number of workshops given during one trip:


  • One Workshop  $1,850
  • Two Workshops  $2,850
  • Three Workshops  $3,850
  • Four Workshops  $4,850


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: Become a Prolific Scholar, 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.

International Cost

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.

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