You are an academic. You have an academic job or you are on the cusp of getting an academic job. To be successful you need a vision of where you want to go, and a set of practices that will get you there.
If you are here, I assume that something isn’t working or doesn’t feel quite right. There are plenty of people telling you where you should be going and how to get there but something isn’t quite clicking. That might look like one of the following:
- You want to be writing more and aren’t sure how you find the time to do that given all the other demands.
- You are approaching burnout and realize there must be a more sustainable way to walk this path.
- You are under pressure to increase your research activity in some specific way and you struggle to see how to meet those demands.
- You feel uncomfortable with the things you “should” be doing but aren’t quite sure what that means or how to articulate the discomfort, much less an alternative.
- You are wondering if this is all there is. The vision you had isn’t serving you any more and you’re not sure where to go next.
Your career is more like travelling around the world and adjusting your plans as opportunities arise than it is like a guided tour with set stops and a strict schedule.
I offer a suite of services that address these issues.
Although I’m based in the UK, I offer most of my services online or over the phone so it doesn’t really matter where you are located as long as we can make the time zone thing work. Some of what I offer is asynchronous.
If you are wondering if I can come give a workshop or presentation at your university or conference, the answer is probably yes. There is more information on that here: Workshops & Presentations. I do travel to Ontario (Canada) periodically to visit family and may be willing to give a workshop at your university while I’m there.
Most of the time, your issues are pretty mundane. The number one thing you worry about is finding time to write. Developing sustainable practices is hard. You will also benefit from support to identify priorities, set boundaries, establish habits, and make all those smaller decisions that take you in the direction you’ve identified.
The Academic Writing Studio is a membership website that offers a community of peers who support each other along their respective journeys, along with a growing set of MP3 and PDF resources for establishing a writing practice, planning your semester, dealing with reviewer comments, selecting a journal, and so on. One of the main activities in the Studio is A Meeting With Your Writing, which provides just enough structure to support you in making and keeping a commitment to write regularly.
Membership in the studio is £22/month (+ applicable taxes*) paid monthly, at the beginning of each semester, or annually by recurring subscription.
If you don’t need the support of synchronous Meetings or the times don’t work for you, Foundations of an Academic Writing Practice enables you to be part of this community and access the other resources. This is a great place to start for only £33 per year (+ applicable taxes*). (Annual membership only, but that comes out to less than $5 per month.)
All members of the Academic Writing Studio receive a substantial discount on Confidence Boost and Wayfinding.
If you are freaking out about something career related, a Confidence Boost can help you get some perspective and make concrete plans. Maybe you got a job interview? Or your book/research is getting much more interest than you expected? Or you need help figuring out how to say no to something? Or whether to say yes to something?
If you would benefit from talking through a specific situation with someone who doesn’t have a stake in that situation, you need a Confidence Boost. I help you you calm down, clarify why this is a good step, identify the support you have and how to mobilize it, and we work out some clear practical strategies so you can move forward confidently. I know you probably have a time crunch and assume to schedule your appointment with that in mind.
£180 + applicable taxes*
Wayfinding focuses on the big picture vision. Whether you are at the beginning of your career, mid-career, or thinking about how you plan for retirement, you might benefit from support in clarifying your vision and working out what that means in practical terms. This is big picture planning that helps you make concrete decisions about writing and publishing, funding, applying for jobs and promotions, and just plain old priority setting.
Wayfinding is a multi-stage service. It starts with me sending you some personalized questions to reflect on and write about. You share your answers and then we have a conversation (on the phone). Then I follow up by email, perhaps suggesting specific resources you can access here in the Studio. We don’t just clarify your big picture vision, I make sure you get to some concrete next steps.
£450 + applicable taxes*
I also offer more intensive, personalized support by email or phone (depending on what works best for you), with built in reviews to make sure the direction you are headed is still the direction you want to go in, and to acknowledge how far you’ve come.
*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.