I made an incorrect assumption.
I am a former journalism professor. Every term of my academic career, I spent hours and hours teaching students and scholars how to think about, conceptualize and produce written projects, including how to edit them.
And, somehow, in an assumption that might kindly be described as a naive but really was just oblivious, I assigned that experience to all of the writers I now work with. In my (very wrong) mind, they had all been given the same deep education in planning, shaping, writing and editing a complicated project.
I have no good reason for that crash and burn in thinking, since I have almost zero faith in graduate programs to prepare their students for the actual jobs they might have. But here we are.
In the midst of my rethinking, I did begin to wonder whether all those writers I assumed had been trained were out there thinking they either know how or should know how to do something they have never been taught.
Your Advisors Weren’t Trained Either
“Not trained” means they don’t know the diverse processes of organizing, writing and editing except through their own learned experience. In other words, their guidance in “do it this way” really means “do it my way.” And in this case, one size does not fit all.
Hence the “How to” series.
Weekly small group, skills-based workshops where I use my 30+ years of experience in all levels of writing and editing to help you fill the gaps in your preparation in a way that matches YOUR style and project.
- How To Organize Your Scholarly Project in Five Easy (?) Steps
- How to Edit
- How To Outline. Organize your ideas; Organize your life! (Or at least your current project)
- How to Identify and Make Your Claim (Why You? Why Now?)
- How to Manage Your Publication Flow to Keep Productivity Pipeline Moving
- How to Co-Write and Peer Edit
- How to Re-think Assignments and REDUCE Grading