This schedule is subject to potential revision as the semester does what it does.
January 10: Introduction, or the Peculiar Nature of Academic Writing
- In preparation for this class session, please read chapter 1, “The Workshop,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop, as well as the excerpted chapters from Silvia, How to Write a Lot.
- We’ll spend this session talking a bit about the weirdness of academic writing, as well as the overflow of writing advice out there.
- We’ll also use this session to get set up for the writing you’ll do over the semester. If you have a laptop, bring it with you to class.
January 17: NO CLASS
January 24: Notes
- Chapter 2, “Planning Your Time,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop.
- Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes.
- Experiment with your notetaking in completing your reading for another class. You can use note cards, a bullet journal, or notetaking software such as Obsidian (my personal favorite). Bring the results of that experiment with you to class.
January 31: Blogs and newsletters
- Chapter 3, “The Practice of Writing,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop.
- Blog posts:
- Andrea Kaston Tange, “What If We Could Measure Value in Units Besides Dollars?,” Thinking about the Humanities.
- Cathy Davidson, “The Single Most Essential Requirement in Designing a Fall Online Course,” HASTAC.
- Maha Bali, “From Twitter Thread to Model to Keynote #OpenEd20 & #MandL20,” Reflecting Allowed.
- Amanda Chesley, “What Happens Next,” Words Make Everything Better.
- Other blogs and newsletters to explore:
- Jade Davis, Performing the Digital.
- Janneke Adema, Open Reflections.
- Dan Lockton, Architectures.
- Virginia Yonkers, Connecting 2 the World.
- Shawn Graham, Electric Archaeology.
- Maha Bali, Reflecting Allowed.
- Amanda Visconti, Literature Geek.
- Jill Walker Rettberg, jill/txt.
- Lisa Duggan, Commie Pinko Queer.
- Grace Lavery, The Wazzock’s Review.
- During the week before this class, write a blog post that links to and thinks through several blogs that you find influential or important.
February 7: Public writing
- Donald E. Heller, “Writing Opinion Articles,” in Marybeth Gasman, ed., Academics Going Public.
- Columns/essays to read:
- Corey Robin, “How Intellectuals Create a Public”
- Mark Greif, “What’s Wrong with Public Intellectuals?”
- Tressie McMillan Cottom, “The Dolly Moment”
- Other public-facing publications to explore:
- During the week before this class, write a blog post that begins the work of translating your current research (where “current” can mean a paper you’ve written during a previous semester, or something you’re working on now) into an argument for a public audience.
February 14: Manifestos and screeds
- The Combahee River Collective, “The Combahee River Collective Statement”
- Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury”
- V21 Collective, “Manifesto of the V21 Collective”
- Eric Zimmerman, “Manifesto for a Ludic Century”
February 21: Personal statements and other application materials
- Academic Job Market Support Network, various shared documents.
February 28: Proposals 1: Grants
- Chapter 6, “Proposals,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop.
- Model grant proposals
March 7: NO CLASS
March 14: Proposals 2: Comps, Dissertation, Book
- Chapter 4, “Literature Reviews,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop
- Sample book/dissertation proposals
- Update! Amanda Visconti shared the earliest draft they could find of their dissertation proposal.
March 21: Letters of recommendation
- NYT Magazine columns (sadly, the online versions get new headlines that hide the “letter of recommendation” schtick, but they’re still great essays)
- Sample (redacted) letters of recommendation
March 28: Peer reviews and reader’s reports
April 4: Responses to reports
- “Revise and Resubmit,” in “Scientific Articles,” from Sarnecka, The Writing Workshop
- Sample responses to peer reviews, reader’s reports, and other assessments
April 11: Revising
- William Germano, On Revision
- Select one piece of writing from this semester – a blog post, a personal statement, whatever – and really revise
April 18: Working/workshop day
April 25: Conclusion(s)