Publish and Flourish Workshop Series

Join us this Fall for the Publish and Flourish Workshop Series led by Tara Gray, Ph.D., sponsored New Mexico AMP & Textbook and Academic Authors, The workshops will take place via Zoom, weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Register by completing this form to receive the Zoom link. 

The workshop sessions are as follows:

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All Wednesdays 3-4 PM
Publish & Flourish: Part I, September 30
Publish & Flourish: Part II, October 7
Drafting Scholarly Manuscripts, October 14
Revising Scholarly Manuscripts, October 21

Handout Links

Please click here to download the handout for workshops 1, 2, and 4.

Please click here to download the handout for workshop 3.

Workshop Descriptions

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (Parts I & II)

PART ONE: September 30, 2020
3 – 4 pm

PART TWO: October 7, 2020
3 – 4 pm

Triple your productivity. Write prose that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling. Publish in better journals and get more grants. More than 90 workshop participants who followed the steps below were studied. Ninety-five percent reported that their writing improved. The average participant increased the number of manuscripts submitted from two manuscripts per year to nearly six. And all this by writing an average of only 30 minutes per day, four days per week.

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 anybody can. You can too. These steps will show you how:

  • Write daily for at least 15–30 minutes.
  • Draft freely by saving revising for later.
  • Outline your manuscript based on an exemplar.
  • Revise paragraphs around key sentences.
  • Solicit informal feedback before peer review.
  • Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”

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!”

“The last two manuscripts I submitted were accepted without revisions! I attribute my success to Publish & Flourish.”

Drafting Your Scholarly Manuscript Quickly and Well
October 14, 2020
3 – 4 pm

Are you struggling to get the first draft of a scholarly manuscript onto paper? Or even to decide on a topic among many competing ideas?
Come learn about and try a transformative method for choosing a topic or getting a draft written quickly and well!
Free writing is a method that allows you to write new prose quickly, by writing whatever comes to mind even if it seems irrelevant to your research project.
Free writing is casual, conversational, spontaneous, disorganized and clear only to you (if that). When you free write, you can assert points without supporting them immediately.
This method allows you to start writing without worrying about having the perfect words or the perfect sources. It allows you to get your thoughts down quickly, uninhibited.
When you free write, you write to generate thought and to keep a record of your ideas. The crudest writing is superior to waiting to write the most precise thought because free writing can be saved, reviewed, and revised later. As you examine your free writing, you can ratchet up the quality of whatever you were thinking at the time.
By free writing first and revising later, you can stop procrastinating and get quickly to what you are really trying to say.

Bring one or more research ideas to this Zoom workshop. You will have time to apply this transformative method for selecting a topic or for getting a draft written quickly and well!

Revising Scholarly Manuscripts: Organization is the Key
October 21, 2020
3 – 4 pm

Organization is the skeleton of a manuscript, its very structure. Get it right and the manuscript works. Get it wrong and it doesn’t.
In this workshop, you will develop and work from a “reverse” or “after-the-fact” outline on one section of a manuscript you bring.
To create the outline, you read your manuscript paragraph-by-paragraph. As you read each paragraph, you ask, does the paragraph have a single point? Is it expressed in a single sentence? Does the rest of the paragraph provide sufficient support for this sentence?
After making sure that the answer to each of these questions is “yes,” you identify a key or topic sentence for each paragraph and make a list of them. Then you ask, does every sentence contribute to your purpose? Is the order of the sentences both logical and coherent? Do the points of the paragraphs “add up” to your major point making your paper persuasive?
As you ask each question, you make the necessary adjustments, which markedly improve the paper.

What to Bring: Bring a draft of about ten paragraphs that you would like to reorganize, preferably not the methods section.

Join us and watch your manuscript come into focus!

What Participants Say
“I was able to quickly identify gaps in the organization of the paper.”

“Often, we edit at the surface level, but in this workshop, you revise at a deep level.”

“Are you stuck? Do you need a relatively painless way to jump-start a stalled piece of work? Try this technique to quickly and efficiently re-engage with your ideas.”

About The Instructor

Tara Gray InstructingTara Gray serves as the first director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where criminal justice is her tenure home. She has published 50 other academic works, including four books. Tara is the author of Publish & Flourish. She has been honored at New Mexico State and nationally with ten awards for teaching, scholarship or service. Tara has presented faculty development workshops to 10,000 participants at more than 120 venues, in 35 states, and seven countries.