ACADEMIC WRITING WORKSHOP

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN ACADEMIC WRITING

Sep 21 and 22 2021

Overview

Academic writing is often seen as a black box that makes the actual strategies of how to produce well-crafted, robust, and powerful scholarly prose invisible and somehow “magical”. In this 2-day online workshop, we intend to dispel this notion of academic writing as a black box, and instead will offer a series of strategies that researchers can use to begin developing a writing practice, establish project deadlines, structures, and management techniques, as well as learn how to manage research pipelines, craft scholarly developmental trajectories, and build the confidence to produce strong academic prose on a regular basis. This workshop will walk participants through the steps of building a Research Pipeline, designing a Research Trajectory. The workshop will also offer strategies to successfully publish as scholars from the Global South in a context where writing from the Global North takes precedence. The workshop will show the participants how to build a writing practice and how to assemble scholarly writing outputs for peer review and potential publication.

Goals of the Workshop

Over the course of 2 days (1 morning block of 90 minutes, 1 afternoon block of 90 minutes), participants will be able to develop the foundations of a writing practice, improve their ability to write with authority, strengthen their capabilities for journal article and thesis writing, and set the stage for successful doctoral dissertation completion and improved writing strategies, knowledge and data management techniques and time management.

Participants will be asked to do readings in advance, and work on specific micro-projects after each workshop block. The workshop instructor will provide feedback to specific micro-pieces of work that can set the stage for continued improvement and skill development. The workshop will be delivered via TEAMS over the course of two days (morning and afternoon GMT), with additional exercises provided as homework.

We invite applications from PhD Students and Early careers researchers/academics from across the global from all disciplines working on the theme of sustainable development in the Global South context. Applications from the ECRs including and especially women researchers from the Global South countries are particularly encouraged. THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEES FOR THE WORKSHOP.

How to apply?

Please submit the following to pivotfrontiers@gmail.com with clear subject line stating PIVOT- Academic Writing Workshop Application by August 15th 2021:

  1. A short motivation letter, describing your interest in the workshop, and what you hope to achieve from this workshop.
  2. A brief 2 page-CV that mentions your contact information, educational and disciplinary achievements, relevant work experiences and publications.

Expert Speaker

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is an Associate Professor in the Methods Lab of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO) Sede Mexico. He is a specialist in comparative public policy and focuses on North American environmental politics, primarily sanitation and water governance, solid waste management, neoinstitutional theory, transnational environmental social movements, and experimental methods in public policy. Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s current research programme focuses on the spatial, political, and human dimensions of public service delivery from a comparative perspective. He has been Editor for the Americas of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), Assistant Editor for Policy Design and Practice.

He also sits on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Water International, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Regions and Cohesion, International Studies Review, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and Politics, Groups & Identities. He sat on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of ISA in 2013-2015 and chaired the ESS Sprout Committee in 2016. He is a member of the Mexican National Researchers’ System (SNI) and holds the distinction of National Researcher Level 1.

Workshop Programme

daYMORNING SESSIONAFTERNOON SESSION
Day 1Long Term Career Needs Assessment

1. Where are you, as a scholar, in your career?

2. How can you design your Research Trajectory?

3. What should your Research Pipeline look like?

Writing as a Global South scholar in a Global North academic context

1. Selecting journals

2. Writing with authority

3. Reading up and integrating the literature from other contexts

Day 2Writing as a practice

1. Structuring our activities around life in general

2. Planning a writing project

3. Prompts as drivers of academic writing



Writing as assemblage

1. Note-taking and systematizing ideas and notes

2. Writing memorandums, outlines, and drafts

3. Assembling a paper or a book manuscript


Workshop Lead

Dr. Lakshmi Rajendran

Pivot Partners