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Guest Expert Workshop: Writing Through Writer's Block: How to Turn Research Obstacles into Insight

When: 5/14/2014
2:00-3:30pm ET
Where: Online Tele-Workshop
Contact: Badia Ahad

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Writing Through Writer’s Block: How to Turn Research Obstacles into Insight

Facilitator: Naomi Greyser, PhD
  • Are you feeling stuck in your writing and experiencing a sense of boredom, intimidation or self-loathing when you think of sitting down with your project?
  • Do you have ongoing guilt or shame about how much time you spend avoiding your work because it’s painful to write, or you’re no longer sure exactly where or how to start?
  • Do you maintain unrealistic standards for your research that turn each paragraph into an opportunity to feel you have insufficient expertise, or couldn’t adequately respond to readers’ expectations or critiques?

If any of the above sounds familiar or reflects your experience with the writing process, you are not alone. It may be useful to regard those $%#$% writing blocks as opportunities for clarity around your research aims and intellectual investments. In this guest expert workshop, we will explore the multiple forms that writing blocks take, consider challenges that underrepresented faculty may experience in relation to writing, and identify strategies for attending to blocks so as to turn obstacles into insight. Along the way, we will share stories about how incredibly tough writing can be, and develop strategies that will help us sit down with our projects and make progress -- writing through writer’s block.

Naomi Greyser, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the University of Iowa. Naomi does research in the areas of critical race, queer and feminist theory; U.S. literature; affect studies; and rhetoric. She recently co-edited a forums feature for American Quarterly and is currently completing her first book. Inspired by her experiences working through a long history of writer's block with Kerry Ann's help, Naomi is also researching how writer's block is raced, gendered and classed — and social and institutional, as well as deeply personal — for a new project, Writing through Writer's Block. Naomi negotiated the two-body problem, welcomed a little girl into her life while on the tenure track, and continues to practice overcoming resistance to writing when she sits down at the computer every weekday!





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