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

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 08/01/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $33.03
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 15%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $33.03   
  • New (6) from $34.83   
  • Used (4) from $33.03   


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.

Read More Show Less

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.”
Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

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
Appendix: Additional Resources
Author Index
Subject Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)