WORKSHOP

Workshop on Productive Writing and Research on Sep 6, 2018

Rene Seltzer
Rena Seltzer is president of the coaching and training business Leader Academic and author of The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors.

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The Butler Center's Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women will feature a workshop about creating a productive writing practice and finding more time for research and writing. This workshop will be conducted by Rena Seltzer of Leader Academic (see below for more about Rena Seltzer). Each workshop is for an hour and a half.

How to Create a Productive and Engaging Writing Practice 

Professors’ teaching and service commitments come with urgent deadlines, but there are few short-term deadlines for writing and research. With a full load of other responsibilities and a variety of writing challenges that may arise even when time is available, maintaining a steady pattern of productive writing can be difficult for even the most motivated writers.  In this workshop professors will learn habits and structures that are the foundation of a generative writing practice. Participants learn to:

  1. Write in regular, moderate sessions rather than “binges.”
  2. Plan short and long term writing and research goals that are specific, rather than vague.
  3. Use metaphors to reframe the process to something more energizing than “pushing a boulder up a hill.”
  4. Create structures that support the work.

How to Have More Time for Research & Writing

As academics progress in their careers, demands on their time increase. Although a day will never be more than 24 hours long, professors can adopt strategies to achieve their most important goals. This workshop teaches professors to:

  1. Write out a mission statement and use it to make discerning choices.
  2. Set physical and technological boundaries to create oases of time. 
  3. Say ‘no’ frequently and with gusto.
  4. Use the concept of sequencing when triaging potential commitments.
  5. Demote email from Ruler of Your Life to Undersecretary for Communications.
  6. Negotiate requests to align with your goals.
  7. Identify areas for “good enough” rather than great performance.
  8. Delegate like crazy. 

Rena Seltzer is president of the coaching and training business Leader Academic and author of The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors. Her workshops combine well-researched information with interactive activities and practical tools that participants remember and continue to employ long after the workshops are over.

Rena is a regular presenter at universities including Yale University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She is a popular presenter for numerous other groups including Cornell University, Princeton University, the Women in Medicine Conference, and the Academy of Management.

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