On the 10th anniversary of self-employment, I’ve been reviewing and updating my services. This post is part of a series introducing you to what I offer now.
Knowing where you want to go is one thing. Actually getting there requires steady work over a long period of time. After all life is not about getting to the end quickly, it’s about what you do along the way.
A successful academic career requires a writing practice.
You may be writing research articles or books. You may be writing lectures or other materials for teaching. You may be writing blog posts. You may be writing presentations for academic conferences or for an audience of non-academics who could really benefit from your work. …
A Meeting With Your Writing was the first service I offered that specifically addressed this need. About a year into offering it, I decided that I could do more. I started to experiment with classes that addressed that bigger practice. These were synchronous classes offered by conference call. We did the work during the class time and then finished up afterwards. I supplemented the call with a series of email messages and/or a PDF handout. I recorded the classes and made them available asynchronously so more people could benefit from them.
When I was reviewing things this winter, I realized that a group of these classes provide a really solid foundation for your (changing) academic writing practice.
Establishing a Writing Practice starts by envisioning your ideal writing practice and identifying key elements. After recognizing what is working about your actual writing practice, you identify the frustrations and select ONE to address. Using the basic principles of scientific method — identify the problem, hypothesize, change one thing, observe, reflect, adjust, repeat — you define an experiment to address that problem and improve your practice.
The Foundations of an Academic Writing Practice kit also includes all of the Planning calls so your writing practice can be incorporated in your plans whether it is the first teaching semester of the academic year, another teaching semester, a short break between semesters, or a longer break (like summer or a sabbatical/study leave).
Your practice will change as circumstances change
Some of those changes are seasonal. Some are not. Having the full kit means you can use the appropriate recordings and supplementary material whenever you need to.
You can plan at the beginning of a particular period or when your original plan breaks down and you need a new one. You can use Establishing a Practice to review your practice regularly, adapting it as your circumstances change. Once you addressed one frustration you can use it to address another, either right away or whenever you start to find aspects of your writing practice frustrating.
Because this is essential to your career success, I wanted to make it affordable. I charge $27CDN + applicable taxes* for individual classes (live or recorded). You can have the whole Foundations kit for $54CDN + applicable taxes*. That’s 5 classes for the price of 2. If you’ve purchased one, you can upgrade to the full kit.
* What are Applicable Taxes? If you are a Canadian resident, you will be charged GST or HST on purchases of all services according to your province of residence. If you are a European resident, you will be charged VAT on services delivered by digital download with no direct input from me (recorded classes, e-books) according to your country of residence. I remit taxes to the relevant authority quarterly.