Scholarly Writing Workshop: “Breaking Through the Barriers to Writing Articles and Proposals”


Location: Room 112-114, McKenna Hall

Scholarly writing workshop for faculty in the College of Arts and Letters:

This workshop is intended for both junior faculty members beginning their writing career and established faculty who are writing less than they wish. Participants will learn how successful scholars compose and write productively despite crowded schedules and competing demands. You’ll discover ways to:

  • (re)discover your facility for writing,
  • combat the environmental and psychological barriers that keep you from writing,
  • manage your writing so that it fits the time you have available.
  • make the writing of internal and external grant proposals a regular part of your professional development,
  • sustain the commitment necessary to see a project through to the end,
  • use techniques that ease the development and drafting of projects, and
  • build collegial networks to support, encourage, and promote writing and publishing.


You’ll also discuss how to approach journal editors, how to handle rejections, and how to increase the likelihood that an article will be published. Also covered are the elements of a successful grant proposal and keys to improving the chances of being funded.

The workshop leader, Bob Lucas, is director of the Institute for Scholarly Productivity in San Luis Obispo, California. He has more than 25 years experience helping faculty develop their writing skills. He holds a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Illinois, and has taught and conducted research in writing, the teaching of writing and writing theory at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. He is author of more than 60 articles, chapters and books.

The workshop will be limited to 20, so registration is required. First choice will go to regular faculty in the College. To register, email Ken Garcia or call 574.631.6494.


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