Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

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Overview

This book helps academic writers gain control over writing and publishing, master specific aspects of academic writing, and improve their productivity. Patricia Goodson offers weekly exercises and tools to achieve these goals. The exercises are theoretically-grounded and empirically-based, comprising a set of behavioral principles (e.g., writing regularly, separating generating from editing) and specific practices (weekly exercises) which ensure success. The author draws on research on writing and productivity in college settings, together with insights into the practice patterns of elite performers (such as Olympic athletes), to develop a set of key principles. This book uniquely combines these successful principles with a set of original exercises applicable to the writing needs of college professors and students.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol A. Kochhar-Bryant
“The practical nature of the book is a strength, with the series of exercises which would be useful for novice writers at the undergraduate or graduate level.”
H. Elisabeth Ellington
“This book makes the reader want to write! I found myself reaching for my calendar and penciling in writing sessions for the rest of my week after reading the first chapter. The techniques and exercises are effective and easy to implement; they fit with any writing project, in any stage of the writing process. I could see myself and other academics as the audience for this book, but I could equally envision assigning this book to my undergraduate students and working through many of the exercises with them.”
Laura Huntoon
“This book is likely to inspire writing groups of all kinds of academic writers. I can see ABDs following this program to successful completion of a doctoral thesis and the subsequent necessary articles written from the thesis.”
Tanya Maria Golash-Boza
“I was impressed by how much the author was able to bring in scholarly research on writing.”
Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis
"I enjoyed this book! Each chapter eases smoothly into the next and the writer continues to provide readers with inspiration and pragmatic information.”
Jennifer Smith Lapointe
“The author’s way of breaking down our practices of writing with exercises and examples will benefit not only my students and their journeys in writing but mine as well.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452203867
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 343,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Goodson is Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics (from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP) and a Master’s in Philosophy of Education (from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Campinas - PUCCAMP) in Brazil; a Master’s in General Theological Studies (from Covenant Theological Seminary) and a Ph.D. in Health Education (from The University of Texas at Austin) in the U.S. At TAMU, she has taught mostly graduate-level courses such as Health Behavior Theory, Health Research Methods, Health Program Evaluation, Health Education Ethics, and Advanced Health Behavior Theory. In 2007, while acting as Associate Dean for Graduate Program Development, she created and implemented a college-wide writing support service for graduate students, based on the P.O.W.E.R. model described in this book. Currently, as Director of the College of Education and Human Development’s Writing Initiative (P.O.W.E.R. Services), she routinely offers Basic and Advanced Writing Studios for graduate students in the college, and occasionally teaches writing workshops for faculty at Texas A&M and other universities.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Get Ready to Practice
Part I. Practice Becoming a Productive Academic Writer
Chapter 2. Establish and Maintain the "Write" Habit
Chapter 3. Practice Building Academic Vocabulary
Chapter 4. Polish the Grammar
Chapter 5. Get Feedback
Chapter 6. Edit and Proofread
Part II. Practice Writing Sections of Journal Articles, Research Reports, and Grant Applications
Chapter 7. Exercises for Writing Introductions, Purpose Statements, or Specific Aims Sections
Chapter 8. Exercises for Writing the Methods Section
Chapter 9. Exercises for Writing the Results/Findings Section
Chapter 10. Exercises for Writing Discussion or Conclusion Section
Chapter 11. Exercise for Writing Abstracts
Afterword
Appendix: Additional Resources
Author Index
Subject Index

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