2019 Summer Online Writing Workshop for Academics

This guest post is from our partner and collaborator, Dr. Michele Eodice. In it, she describes her thinking and framework for our upcoming summer online writing workshop, to be held in our Zoom room on June 20-21, 2019. This workshop will be designed and developed around the group’s needs: with break-out rooms, a ton of resources from Dr. Eodice’s personal collection, and the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other writers who are in similar situations as your own. In short: if you are an academic in any field and have summer writing plans, you need this workshop! To sign up, click the link below. — Alice and Carrie, Quick Brown Fox


I have been privileged to have spent a couple of decades talking with writers and writing with writers. I was recently thinking about what issues, questions, needs are perennial? After all, we might work with one group, teach one class, or run a workshop but there are lots of others coming along after them, and the topics don’t seem to get old or unnecessary.  

The “greatest hits” of workshops I have conducted with faculty and graduate students even share topics. So as we move along, transitioning from one set of writing demands to another, we obviously continue to need to know more about how to do things. As the stakes change, the world changes, the context changes and we change. 

The list below is just off the top of my head, in no particular order.  The topics represent what faculty and graduate students have most often asked me to spend extra time with the group on – with some direct instruction and resources.

  • Writing a literature review – for articles and dissertations

  • Organizing/managing a big research project/dissertation

  • How to “read” a review/revise and resubmit plan or how to “read”/interpret faculty advisor/mentor feedback on a draft 

The biggest difference between faculty urgencies and graduate student urgencies are not big differences.  Faculty want to know how to navigate the publication pipeline. Often faculty have not co-authored with a mentor and are not familiar with the process. Graduate students want to know how to navigate the dissertation writing pipeline – from choosing a chair of their committee, to writing a proposal, to getting IRB approval, to keeping an eye on the prize. So, in many ways, their needs overlap but take a new shape, present a new challenge, a new need to know. 

The Quick Brown Fox folks are planning a two-day workshop in June. I’ll be there and the first thing I will do is find out what your needs are. What can we do in that time/space to provide support and resources to keep you going?  If you have specific topics you want me to address, let us know.

Register here and make the commitment to meet up with us for this special retreat. We are positive you’ll get a lot of great work done, make some great writing buddies and feel better about moving forward with your work.



Alice Daer