Crafting a Smart, Publishable Article

Dato: 22. juni 2017
Tid og sted: 09:00-16:00 i mødelokale ROMEO, Campus Odense

Tilmelding: Var inden den 9. juni 2017
1,5 med paper


Crafting a Smart, Publishable Article


In this workshop, you will have the opportunity for personalized, individual time with two highly effective scholars and coaches—Dr. Sonja Foss and Dr. William Waters—to facilitate your progress on your article. These sessions take the form of intensive conversations in which you will feel both supported and challenged as you talk through a paper you would like to publish. They typically lead to profound insights that transfer into realistic expectations, clear goals, useful strategies, and sophisticated and original publications. 


Prior to the workshop, you will be asked to complete a Research-Alignment Worksheet in which you are asked to summarize the paper you want to publish. The workshop leaders will review this worksheet and anything you have written on your paper prior to meeting with you on the workshop day.


The coaching sessions help you solve whatever your particular problem is, but typical topics that are covered in the coaching sessions are:


  • Conceptualizing a project
  • Assessing a project to be sure you have a doable research design
  • Analyzing the deep structure of journals to make your essay match
  • Coding literature so you can manage massive amounts of literature efficiently
  • Coding and analyzing data efficiently
  • Developing an original and sophisticated theory from your data
  • Overcoming writing blocks
  • Developing strategies for writing regularly 


Here’s what participants had to say after participating in a workshop with Dr. Foss and Dr. Waters:


  •  “Their techniques and approaches to mounds of data are what people need to know before they waste time trying to figure out how to cope!”
  • “I have renewed energy about my work and better focus on how I can go about getting my work done.” 
  • “I appreciated being around their warmth, energy, and optimism.”
  • “Their writing strategies are simple but extremely effective.  I have a much better idea now about how to get published.”
  • “After working with Sonja and William, I felt more like a scholar than I’ve ever felt like before.” 


Your Workshop Presenters


Sonja K. Foss is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist perspectives on communication, the incorporation of marginalized voices into rhetorical theory and practice, and visual rhetoric. She is the author or coauthor of the books Gender Stories, Rhetorical Criticism, Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric, Inviting Transformation, Feminist Rhetorical Theories, and Women Speak. Dr. Foss earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Northwestern University and previously taught at Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Denver, Virginia Tech, and Norfolk State University.


William Waters is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston Downtown. His research and teaching interests are in writing theory and practice, the history of the English language, linguistics, and modern grammar. He was the managing editor of the book La Puerta: A Doorway into the Academy and has published several poems in national journals. Dr. Waters earned his Ph.D. in language and linguistics from the University of New Mexico and previously taught at Northwest Missouri State University; the University of Maine; University College in Galway, Ireland; and Cheongbuk National University in Korea.


Dr. Foss and Dr. Waters are the coauthors of Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). They offer writing retreats and present workshops at universities throughout the United States on topics such as completing dissertations, publishing, and advisor advising and do individual coaching of scholars working on dissertations, articles, and books.


Research-Alignment Worksheet


What is the problem you are trying to address with your study?

What is your research question?

What are the categories of your literature review?

What are your data?

How will you collect your data?

How will you analyze your data?

Why is your study significant? (Who cares? So what?)



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