Call for papers: Writing off the beaten track: On making and breaking genre conventions

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st February 2022 We hereby call for creative and critical contributions to the forthcoming special issue of Qualitative Studies. The special issue will focus on the epistemic and methodological promises, benefits and potential pitfalls of experimenting with or expanding genre conventions in qualitative research.  Recently, the need for multiplicity in writing has … Continue reading Call for papers: Writing off the beaten track: On making and breaking genre conventions

Free webinars on writing and publishing

NVivo & Citavi are hosting a number of webinars on writing and publishing your research. Publish and Persevere: Writing and Representing Qualitative Research: Maria K. E. Lahman  November 10, 2021  -  12 PM EST | 5 PM GMT Completing a Service-Oriented Dissertation or Thesis: Key Considerations for Success: Tamara M. Walser & Michael S. Trevisant … Continue reading Free webinars on writing and publishing

Academic writing month

November is Academic Writing Month, which now exists in several different forms, including: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, involves pledging to write 50,000 words in 30 days.   NaPoWriMo ("30 poems in 30 days") AcWritMo (hashtag #acwrimo), an informal network of academic writers. And if those alternatives don't appeal to you, Helen Sword is inviting writers to join … Continue reading Academic writing month

Academic Writing Month: What are you working on?

Another November is upon us, which means that it is Academic Writing Month, or AcWriMo! Check out what others are doing on Twitter (#AcWri) and Facebook. Academic writing month was started in 2011 by Charlotte Frost (founder of Phd2Published). Frost devised six relaxed rules that are helpful to review for anyone who has not yet … Continue reading Academic Writing Month: What are you working on?

Call for Submissions for a special issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal

 2020-03-19 Fiction as Research – Writing Beyond the Boundary Lines (Anticipated publication date February 2021) Guest Editors: Dr Ash Watson, Vitalities Lab, Social Policy Research Centre and Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney Dr Jessica Smartt Gullion, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Woman’s University The narrative, speculative and … Continue reading Call for Submissions for a special issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal

Translating academic writing into trade books

Academic writers typically orient their writing to readers like themselves: other academics used to the jargon associated with any particular discipline. Yet some scholars manage to traverse the divide between the ivory tower and the general public and produce readable, enjoyable, and educational explanations of their topics of interest in the form of trade books. … Continue reading Translating academic writing into trade books

A writer’s guide to getting trim

Helen Sword’s (2007) book The writer’s diet: A guide to fit prose was published for an international audience in 2016. Sword (2016) uses healthy nutrition and fitness as a metaphor to help academic writers improve their prose. Rather than produce heart attack-inducing writing, Sword surveys academics’ language use with the aim of encouraging “fit prose.” … Continue reading A writer’s guide to getting trim

Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

What keeps readers of academic writing engaged? We have all likely yawned our way through research reports, or worse — stopped reading altogether. Since time is limited and attention spans are getting shorter, academic writers must be able to attract and retain a hold on their readers’ attention if their work has to have any … Continue reading Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

On developing stylish academic writing

Every now and again, you come across a book that you wish you had read years ago. Stylish academic writing by a literary scholar and poet, Helen Sword (2012), is one of these. I really wish I had read this when I first went to college. This book would have saved me much heartache, although … Continue reading On developing stylish academic writing

Finishing off the dissertation

All over the world, doctoral students are working to complete their doctoral research before presenting their thesis or dissertation (depending on what part of the world you reside in) to examiners. In the final throes of developing one’s writing, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of things. One issue that I have noted in … Continue reading Finishing off the dissertation