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How to be a Better Academic Writer? Take a Creative Writing Course.

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When one reflects on the question – how to be a better academic writer – I am sure a number of answers come up. Read more. Write more. Never write again. The idea of creative writing typically does not go hand-in-hand with academic writing, and for good reason. Academic writing is formulaic, passive, technical, and generally […]

Bridging the Gap: Unleashing the Power of Research Communication Through Reflexivity

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In the realm of research communication, especially within social sciences and humanities, effective communication isn’t just about transmitting information. It’s about fostering understanding, interpreting meaning, and building bridges with an audience.  A crucial aspect of research communication, especially in a time where disinformation and misinformation is rampant, and trust in science and our institutions is […]

Mexico City for the Traveling Scholarpreneur

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Describing the appeal of Mexico City (aka CDMX) doesn’t come easy, especially when trying to explain how one can live in a city of 9 million people and not want to walk off a high bridge.  As a self-proclaimed traveling scholarpreneur (a nomadic blend of scholar and entrepreneur), I was constantly seeking destinations that fuel […]

Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy (Part 2)

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Launch a Successful Scholarly Newsletter: Build Your Audience & Craft Compelling Content (Part 2) This is part 2 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read part I here – Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1), where we talked about why.  In this post, we’ll cover the […]

Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1)

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Empower Your Research: Why Scholars Should Launch a Newsletter (Part 1) This is part 1 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read Part 2 – Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy – here Why Launch a Newsletter?  The traditional academic publishing landscape, with its lengthy peer-review processes […]

An Academics Guide to Op-ed Pitches

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Long, long ago, in the year 2014, an opinion writer for the New York Times wrote a plea for more professors to come down from the ivory tower and write for the public. Our knowledge demands to be shared beyond the academy! And for many good reasons, not the least bit that op-eds can have […]

How to Become a Better Writer

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the million dollar question with about a billion dollars worth of answers and approaches. how to become a better writer? i don’t offer the definitive answer to this question…if i had this, i’d be a trillionaire (rounding out my unachievable financial goals reference for good measure)!  there are loads of books on how to be […]

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