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Habits of Highly Productive Writers

Date: Friday May 3, 2013

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Helen Sword, Associate Professor, Center for Learning and Research in Higher Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand“Publish or perish” is the mantra of the successful faculty member. Yet few academics have been explicitly trained as writers, and fewer still have been schooled in the intricate art of maintaining research productivity without sacrificing work-life balance. Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing, has interviewed nearly 100 successful academics from across the disciplines to find out about their professional formation as writers, their daily work habits, and their habits of mind. In this interactive workshop, she will present a smorgasbord of evidence-based strategies for colleagues who aspire to write more confidently, stylishly, engagingly, daringly, or simply more prolifically.

Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center’s Professors as Writers Program

Helen Sword is a scholar, poet, and award-winning teacher who has published widely on modernist literature, higher education pedagogy, digital poetics, and academic writing. Her books includeEngendering Inspiration (1995), Ghostwriting Modernism (2002),The Writer’s Diet (2007), Pacific Rim Modernisms (co-edited 2009), and Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard University Press 2012). She currently teaches in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland and has run presentations, workshops, and master classes on scholarly writing at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australasia, and Africa. See her website ( for links to her books, her digital poetry, and the Writer’s Diet, a free diagnostic tool for writers. Read her recent article in Times Higher Education, “Narrative Trust.”


Helen Sword

Stylish Academic Writing


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