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Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!
Five Key Principles for a Creative and Sustainable Scholarly Practice
Dannelle D. Stevens
Stephen D. Brookfield
Paper: 978 1 62036 517 5 / $29.95
Published: November 2018
Cloth: 978 1 62036 516 8 / $95.00
Due: November 2018
Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 518 2 / $95.00
About Library E-Book
Published: November 2018
E-Book: 978 1 62036 519 9 / $23.99
Published: November 2018
7" x 10"
35 tables, 50 figs
In this book Dr. Dannelle D. Stevens offers five key principles that will bolster your knowledge of academic writing, enable you to develop a manageable, sustainable, and even enjoyable writing practice, and, in the process, effectively increase your publication output and promote your academic career.
A successful and productive book and journal article author, writing coach, creator of a nationally-recognized, cross-disciplinary faculty writing program, and with a long career as a faculty member and experience as a department chair, Dr. Stevens offers a unique combination of motivation, reflective practices, analytical tools, templates, and advice to set you on the path to being a productive and creative writer.
Drawing on her experience as a writer and on her extensive research into the psychology of writing and the craft of scholarly writing, Dr. Stevens starts from the premise that most faculty have never been taught to write and that writers, both experienced and novice, frequently experience anxiety and self-doubt that erode confidence. She begins by guiding readers to understand themselves as writers and discover what has impeded or stimulated them in the past to establish positive new attitudes and sustainable habits.
Dr. Stevens provides strategies for setting doable goals, organizing a more productive writing life, and demonstrates the benefits of writing groups, including offering a variety of ways in which you can experiment with collaborative practice. In addition, she offers a series of reflections, exercises, and activities to spark your writing fluency and creativity.
Whether developing journal articles, book chapters, book proposals, book reviews, or conference proposals, this book will help you demystify the hidden structures and common patterns in academic writing and help you match your manuscript to the language, structures, and conventions of your discipline--be it in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
Most importantly, believing that connecting your passions with your work is essential to stimulating your ideas and enthusiasm, this essential guide offers you the knowledge and skills to write more.
Table of Contents:
Boxes, Exercises, Sidebars, Figures, and Tables
1) Know Yourself as a Writer
2) Understanding the Genre of Academic Writing
3) Be Strategic to Build a Sustainable Writing Practice
4) Be Social
5) Explore Creative Elements in Academic Writing
6) Keep a Writing or Research Journal
7) Write Book Reviews
8) Prepare Conference Proposals and Presentations
9) Writing and Submit Journal Articles
10) Write a Book
11) Handling a Revise-and Resubmit Decision on Your Manuscript—Micki M. Casky, Dannelle D. Stevens
12) Create a Campus-Wide Faculty Writing Program—Dannelle D. Stevens
Appendix A Text-Structure Analysis (TSA): Journal Article
Appendix B Description and Purpose of Common Text Features for Journal Articles in a Text Structure Analysis
Appendix C Methods Structure Analysis
Appendix D Functionalities of Zotero, A Citation Management System
Appendix E Word Count Log
Appendix F Writing Time Log
Appendix G Daily Writing Goals Log
Appendix H Writing Group Weekly Goals Log
Reviews & Endorsements:
"Most researchers will tell you that they chose their career to do research, not to write about it and writing makes them feel uncomfortable. Danelle Stevens expertly emphasizes the development of positive attitudes that defuse that discomfort. So, this book can benefit all young researchers as part of their apprenticeship and those many, established researchers who still feel uncomfortable when they face the inevitable task of having to tell the world what they have discovered."
- David Lindsay, author of Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words
“Dannelle Stevens has spent her career studying academic writing. In this helpful book, she shares five key principles and scores of practical strategies to guide your writing. Everyone from new graduate students to experienced professors will find valuable insights and inspiration in this book. I plan to keep a copy near my desk as I strive to write more and stress less.”
- Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History
"Stevens delivers again! Following the pattern established in her previous books on rubrics and journal keeping, this text is extremely useful, immensely practical, and carefully grounded in sound scholarship. From the topics covered — such as how to foster creativity in academic writing or how to structure writing groups — to the numerous templates provided — for introducing an argument or for analyzing the structure of a text — Stevens’ book is a treasure trove, which stands to become a classic in the academic writing genre. A “must try” toolkit!"
- Patricia Goodson, Department of Health & Kinesiology; Director POWER Services
Texas A&M University
"In this practical, sympathetic guide for beleaguered academics who aspire to “write more, publish more, [and] stress less,” Dannelle Stevens offers five overarching principles, twelve information-packed chapters, eight useful appendices, and more than fifty illustrative charts, figures, and templates. Whether your goal is to build a sustainable writing routine, to develop a nuanced critical voice, or to explore creative elements in your scholarship, this book will help you publish and flourish."
- Helen Sword, Professor and Director, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education
The University of Auckland, and author of Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
"Veteran academic author and writing coach, Dannelle Stevens has created a comprehensive and practical guide that I can’t wait to share with authors. What makes this book different from the rest is the way Stevens helps readers understand academic writing as its own genre. Particularly helpful are exercises she outlines to help researchers understand the often unstated expectations about the structure and style of successful articles in their own fields."
- Amy Benson Brown, Writing Coach with Academic Coaching & Writing
“Dannelle Stevens breaks down the highly personal act of writing into manageable aspects that are both personal and practical. The book is a good tool for early career writers and scholars to understand the practice of writing as well the professional norms around the publishing cycle.”
- Vasti Torres, Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Associated Faculty in Latino Studies
University of Michigan
"HOORAY! Dannelle Stevens' new book is now available and it isn't just a book about writing and getting published but how to do so with less stress. The stress level in academic writing has increased to a point where too many people give up or must pay a price in their health, relationships, and other work. Dannelle offers practical strategies and advice that demystifies processes. She conveys trustworthiness; people will read and then integrate her ideas into practice."
- Meggin McIntosh, The PhD of Productivity®, https://meggin.com
"“Dannelle starts her book not by laying out a set of best practices for writing but by asking readers to think about who they are as writers. Then she moves into examining the components of good writing, stressing particularly the need for a clear focus and purpose. In skillful and helpful prose, she draws on her own experience of writing for different kinds of scholarly outlets; peer reviewed journals, conference papers, and books.”
- Stephen D. Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair
University of St. Thomas
"Reading Dannelle’s book is like meeting with the kindest and most practical writing mentor you can imagine. Her tips and strategies are actionable and realistic, and her knowledge of the ins and outs of academic writing is unparalleled. Dannelle has been in the trenches and is generously sharing all she has learned to make our writing lives better. I highly recommend Write More, Publish More, Stress Less for academic writers at all levels."
- Katie Linder, Research Director, Ecampus
Oregon State University
"As a first-generation faculty with no professional writing preparation, I’ve always felt like an impostor. Who would read anything I would write; how could I have anything of value to say? Bearing in mind the Five Key Principles, the practical guidance that will benefit any writer, and the call for self-reflection, writing this book review has helped crystallize my own thinking about writing – an opportunity to turn criticality into self-reflection and improvement. I wish I had this volume before."
- Terrel L. Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment, Executive Director of VALUE
Association of American Colleges and Universities
"This book covers it all using a variety of innovative approaches that will appeal greatly to a wide range of readers. There are over 50 tables, charts, drawings, side-bars, and self-assessment exercises that will capture your attention. In addition, the appendices have logs and study-sheets you can fill out as you go along, helping you stay on schedule in your writing. You can dive in almost anywhere and come away with something useful to you at that very moment! Who knew that, even after being an emeritus professor for ten years, I would both want and need to read this book.”
- Dr. Richard Reis, editor, Tomorrow's Professor eNewsletter
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