Sometime during my PhD, I developed a strong interest in academic writing. What this means is that I have attended workshops on writing (e.g. by Helen Sword and Danelle Stevens), I read about writing (books, blogs, etc), and sometimes tweet about it (@isabeauiqbal).
I have a regular writing practice; my goal is 30 minutes per day/5 days week.
- On May 14, 2015, I offered a session for the Faculty of Education’s Year of Research.
Academic Writing: Barrier Busters (click here for the PDF of that presentation)
Blogs on writing
http://getalifephd.blogspot.ca/ (scroll down and see section “recommended posts on Get a Life, PhD” for a number of excellent posts on writing)
http://www.raulpacheco.org/ (search “my #AcWri strategies” to read some great posts on writing)
Other great sites and resources
Text and Academic Authors Associatio. Don’t be fooled by the formal name — this site if dynamic! Go straight to the Blog tab for excellent resources.
Writer’s Diet by Helen Sword. Is your writing “fit or flabby” — take the test! I really like Dr. Sword’s work and have had the pleasure of meeting her a few times. Her 2012 book, Stylish Academic Writing, is wonderful.
The Chronicle of Higher Education regularly has great posts on writing
Some books on writing that I have especially enjoyed
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- How to Write a Lot (fast, fun read) by Paul Silvia
- Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword
- Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Belcher
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