Academic Writing for Staff
Wednesday 13th June 2012 - WiSER Academic Writing Group
Why Join a WiSER Academic Writing Group?
- Receive constructive feedback on your writing from interested peers
- Talk to other academics going through the same process
- Combat the solitude and isolation often associated with writing
- Writing groups provide commentary, deadlines and accountability
More information on academic writing groups is available from the WiSER web-site: http://www.tcd.ie/wiser/development/writing-group/
To learn more about writing groups and have the opportunity to join one, come along on:
Date: Wednesday 13th June, 1-2pm, (light lunch provided, all welcome)
Facilitator: Dr. Fiona Lithander, School of Medicine
Location: Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute
All are welcome, REGISTER HERE
Event on 24th April 2012: The Regional Writing Centre’s Second National Symposium on Writing:
The role of higher education in preparing writers for the workplace: encouraging real engagement with writing at third level.
The Symposium enquires into the role of third-level education in preparing writers for the workplace and presents ways in which real engagement with writing can be stimulated among our students. A number of keynote speakers from the UK and Ireland will present research and best practice in enhancing writing within, across, and beyond the disciplines.
- Damien Clancy, Managing Director of RUSAL Aughinish Alumina Ltd
- Trevor Day, Writing Consultant, Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office, University of Bath
- Ciara O' Farrell, Senior Academic Developer, Centre for Academic Practice and eLearning, Trinity College Dublin
- Sally Mitchell and Guy Westwell, Thinking Writing, Language and Learning Unit, Queen Mary, University of London
- Sarah Moore, Associate Vice-president, University of Limerick
Programmes that run during the Academic year
Writing Retreats (non-residential)
A common frustration for academics is finding quiet time to write for publication. Participating in a writing retreat can help you to benefit from dedicating a block of time to focus exclusively on your academic writing. The aim of these retreats are to provide you with an opportunity to work on or complete a piece of academic writing that you have already developed (ie. your research and organization is complete). For this reason we ask you to identify your writing task on registration.
These retreats will focus exclusively on writing. The majority of your time will be spent in intensive, individual writing. However, this is a task-orientated process and you will be asked to identify achievable writing outputs at the beginning of the retreat. Structured peer groups will help you to set goals and encourage progress over the two days. There will also be a peer review exercise built into the second day.
Prospective participants must be available to attend both days in full. As places are limited preference will be given to those:
- writing for publication
- who have not attended a previous writing retreat (though we will be happy to accommodate you if we have places)
If your department is interested in CAPSL facilitating a Writing Retreat please contact Jade.Barrett@tcd.ie
Writing for Academic Publication: Six month programme
“Writing for Academic Publication” * is a multi-discipline programme which offers time and space to focus on and develop your individual academic publications. It encourages academic writers of all levels of experience in publication become part of an active writing community.
The programme supports academic writers throughout the writing for publication process. It encourages participants to adopt new writing behaviours and develop writing strategies to reach publication targets.
Through focused discussion, writing activities and writing time, this programme aims to help you manage your individual writing journeys through to completion of a paper for submission for publication. Each workshop is based on a theme that reflects the writing process, but also includes specific individual writing time.
Why join an academic writing group?
The current literature indicates that academics who are members of academic writing groups have increased publication output.
Writing group members can also:
- Learn to receive and give constructive feedback
- Learn some useful writing habits and skills
- Develop a stronger sense of yourself as a writer
- It compels you to get some writing done before the next meeting of the group!
WiSER and CAPSL have already set up a number of writing groups which have been successful in meeting their aims, i.e. improving writing output. For more information on writing groups, visit: http://www.tcd.ie/wiser/development/writing-group/
Is it for me?
It is for any member of academic or research staff, from any discipline, interested in improving academic writing output – be it writing an abstract, journal article, book, conference paper, a grant proposal etc.
If you would like to be part of a writing group, please send your details to email@example.com
CAPSL Writing Grants: Writing for Publication in Teaching and Learning.
CAPSL (Academic Practice) is pleased to announce a cross-discipline programme designed to
co-ordinate and stimulate publication in varying aspects of teaching and learning in higher education in Trinity College Dublin. Successful applicants will be able to apply for a small grant of up to €500 to assist with appropriate project costs.
Who can apply?
This programme is only open to Trinity academic staff members including postdoctoral research fellows. It is not open to postgraduate research students. Applications are welcome from academic writers (co-authored papers will be welcome) with either limited or extensive publication experience. However, the proposed publication must be strictly in the area of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, either in general, or specifically within your discipline. For example, prospective publications might cover areas of teaching and learning such as (though not exclusively): innovations in teaching methodologies, curriculum design or assessment; research-led teaching; academic pedagogies; good practice in higher education teaching and learning; teaching or learning support; supervision; the use of eLearning; issues concerning the policy and management of teaching and learning; values underpinning teaching.
What does the programme involve?
There will be a monthly meeting of writers from October 2011 until May 2012 (on Fridays), with time set aside for writing and peer exchange. You will be expected to take part in a peer review process with fellow writers, and you will be given the opportunity to attend 2 writing retreats. Successful applicants will also be encouraged to disseminate their papers at relevant conferences, and to showcase their project at a CAPSL seminar in May 2012. It is hoped that successful applicants will have a paper ready to submit for publication by the end of the programme.
Closing date for application: 31st May 2011 (5pm)
Places on this programme are limited. A panel of two internal reviewers and one external reviewer will assess applications for suitability. Successful applicants, and those deemed unsuccessful, will be informed by end June 2011.
Please contact Ciara O’Farrell at CAPSL (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3930) if you have any queries about the application process or what might constitute acceptable spending of funds.
This programme is funded by the NAIRTL Operational Fund 2011.