May 14, 2021

Jumpstart on Summer Writing Workshop

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Dunson, PhD

For most of us, the academic year is full of demands and obligations that compete with—even eclipse—our efforts to write. It’s no surprise, then, that summer becomes a season of high expectations: we’ll start or finish that book, write that proposal, pen that chapter or article that we’ve been promising to send out for months.... The problems are that summer is never as long as we expect it to be and the writing habits that limit our productivity during the school year are the same writing habits we carry into the warmer months.

The goal of this workshop is to help you lay out a clear plan for your summer writing and research projects: a plan that breaks vague goals into realistic and actionable steps. We'll also address the competing demands and temptations that can dilute our productivity and derail our objectives.

January 6-8, 2021

GW Women's Writing Retreat

A 2 & 1/2 day virtual retreat facilitated by Stephanie Dunson, PhD


1/6 -

1 pm Opening minute talk with Stephanie to kick off retreat -- Identifying and Refining Objectives for the Retreat

2-3:30 Writing time 

3:30 - 4:30 Q&A with Stephanie -- Processing the Day's Work and Recalibrating Objectives

1/7 -

9-12 and 1-3:30 Writing time 

Stephanie will be available for 15-minute mini-coaching sessions, first-come first-served sign up

3:30 - 4 pm Assessing and processing writing progress with Stephanie -- Noticing Patterns

1/8 -

Opening Q&A with Stephanie 9-9:30 -- Describing the End Point

Writing 9:30 - 12 and 1-3:30

3:30 - 4:30 Closing talk on sustainability and writing groups with Stephanie -- Making It Work in the Real World

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October 16, 2020

Developing a Sustainable Writing Routine Workshop

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Dunson, PhD

This workshop provides an opportunity for you to gain deeper understanding of your unique relationship with writing and to learn sustainable practices that stand up against the clatter and pull of departmental life. Topics covered include developing realistic and reliable writing habits, maintaining a sustainable work/life balance, and cultivating communities of support to encourage productivity.

November 13, 2020

Owning Your Authority: How Valuing Your

Strengths Can Make You a More

Productive Scholar

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Dunson, PhD

Studies have shown that in the workplace, men tend to overestimate their performance and abilities while women tend to underestimate both. As a result, women are much more inclined to suffer from Imposter Syndrome, particularly in the academy. This workshop explores how this problem can negatively impact your scholarly productivity and outlines strategies for banishing self-doubt from your writing routine.