Becoming the Writer You Already Are


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Sage Publications, Inc
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6.2 X 8.7 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Michelle Boyd, PhD is the founder of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats, a transformative, retreat-based training program that teaches scholars to overcome their writing fears. She is also a self-described "struggling writer" whose success as an award-winning, former tenured faculty member belied the challenges she faced throughout her career as an academic. Scholars who work with Michelle call her coaching "magical," but it's not magic--it's science. Her coaching programs are rooted in research showing that each scholar has their own natural writing process, and that many of their struggles come from external barriers that prevent them from recognizing, accessing, or trusting that process when they need it. Michelle has been leading retreats since 2012, when she cofounded and coached her first retreat as a faculty member. The only thing she loves more than writing is helping scholars who dread writing develop a calm, confident, productive writing practice.


This is a book on the academic writing process that helps to demystify that process and provides concrete strategies for dealing with
the emotional side as well as the practical side of writing.--Kevin P. Lyness
This book is an attempt to acknowledge the struggles of academic writing and propel confidence through the development of sound habits. It offers a friendly and intimate companion to the varying emotional and circumstantial challenges inherent in the writing process, and provides a specific process by which to develop more competence and confidence as a writer.--Raymond Blanton
A helpful guide to brainstorming and conquering the blank writing screen. I love the examples and the conversational writing style.--Robert Dennis Watkins
If you are struggling with academic writing, you′ve already read the other books, and you still can′t figure out how to fix your problem,
this book may help you understand.--Christine Colwell
I recommend this book to doctoral students and colleagues who are dedicated to writing and scholarship as an addition to their reading on the craft of writing for publication, and as an extension of their efforts to constantly enhance their research and writing productivity.--Marilyn L. Grady
This book helps the reader understand that writer's block happens to all of us, and that it is not something to pathologize or internalize in a negative sense. It moves the reader to an appreciation of their vulnerabilities, but also understanding that those personality quirks can be transformed into a strength when faced head on.--Barbara L. Pazey
Wisdom and kindness emanate from every page of this revelatory new guidebook, where renowned academic writing coach Michelle Boyd shows us how to find our own unique approach to living the messy, rewarding process of creating scholarship. I can't recommend this book highly enough!--Margy Thomas