Monday, July 2, 2018

Writing Workshop: List of Posts

This is a list of the blog posts for the Writing Workshop series. Click on the title to go to any post. 

          Everything you need to organize your own workshop.
          Why have a writing workshop?

          A rough work plan for the next one to five years.

          Week-by-week goals for the rest of this semester or quarter.

          Day-by-day goals that you make every week.

           When you're finding it hard to write.

          Learn to explain about your research question to experts and non-experts.

          Before you do new research, you have to know what's already been done.

          Featuring IMRaD, the friendly hourglass.

          Think of yourself as a design-build contractor.

         How to give a good talk or conference poster. 

          How to replace fancy words with plain ones and unpack the technical terms that trip readers up.

          Unclutter your draft, and resist the urge to hide behind hedges.


Hey Readers, If you have feedback about any of these posts, I’d love to hear it. Please email me (sarnecka AT uci DOT edu) and tell me what you thought. If you are using these blog posts to teach a graduate writing workshop like mine, or even to organize an informal writing group, we have a discussion group that you are welcome to join. Just go the group and request an invitation. Happy Writing!


  1. My colleagues and I love your book so far! We have started a writing workshop of our own and are looking forward to learning more from you. Thank you for making this available! Best, Claire @ University of Amsterdam

  2. Hey, that's great--good luck with your writing workshop! I look forward to hearing how it goes.

  3. Just want to say that I am coming back to your posts again and again to get inspiration. Thank you! Sam Wineburg

  4. Thanks, Sam! That's really nice to know. Your writing class syllabus is an inspiration in itself.

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  6. Hi Barbara, my lab has been loving your book/blog and started our own writing group this spring. We're on Chapter 8 about grants/fellowships, but the link above doesn't work. Any thoughts? Thanks!
    (from above)

    1. Hi Nate, Glad you like the blog! Sorry about the broken link; I think I've fixed it now. If it still doesn't work, please email me at sarnecka AT uci DOT edu and we'll figure out what's up. (Also, when the book is done it will be published in some more reliable/permanent form than this blog, which is a little flaky as a platform.) Good luck with your writing workshop!