The Writing Workshop:

Write More, Write Better, Be Happier in Academia

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The Open Science Framework has templates and examples of IDPs, Term Plans, the Shared Daily Writing Log and the Rejection Collection. You can also watch a video of our Feedback Forum.

Write a review, get a laptop sticker!

Write one of the first 100 reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and get a sticker. Or write reviews on both sites and get two stickers. Post your review, then email me at [sarnecka AT uci DOT edu] to tell me that you reviewed the book (include your username so I can find the review), and then tell me your address and choose a sticker from the ones below. All the stickers are made of durable, weather-resistant vinyl and have a special laminate that protects them from exposure to wind, rain and sunlight. They're even dishwasher safe. (Wait, why are you putting your laptop in the dishwasher?!)

Penguin huddle sticker

14 cm wide by 7.5 cm high, this sticker features the penguin huddle from the cover of the book and one of our favorite writing workshop aphorisms.

Garden/mine sticker

Some people think about writing as mining: An exhausting and depleting process where resources are extracted at great cost to both the miner and the earth. In contrast, we think of writing as gardening. It requires patience and understanding. When we have trouble, the answer is to take better care of ourselves, not to punish ourselves. (This sticker is 6.8 cm wide by 4.3 cm high.)

Ninja penguin sticker

This tasteful, understated sticker is only 4.65 cm wide and 5 cm high. It celebrates 'ninja writing,' which is writing in small spaces of time, as little as 10 or 15 minutes here and there throughout the day. We call it ninja writing for two reasons: First, it's stealthy, because it lets you sneak writing into little spaces of time where other people think writing can't fit. Second, it's a superpower. Big blocks of uninterrupted writing time are hard to find. When your schedule gets busy, they disappear completely. But if you can write in little spaces of time, then you can always write at least a little bit, every day. If you practice Ninja-Kaku-Do (The Way of Ninja Writing), you will never get stuck in one of those writing droughts that bog scholars down, leading to un-productivity and unhappiness.

Free the Book!

I wanted to make this book free, but it turns out that producing a book costs money—this one cost $9886. So I can't give it away for free yet. But once the production costs are covered, a free, full-text pdf will be posted on the Open Science Framework and eScholarship, as well as to Perusall (the social e-reader website).

This thermometer shows progress toward freeing the book. After Amazon/Barnes & Noble take their cut, they send me up to $9.72 for each paperback sale and up to $6.99 for each ebook sale. When you buy this book, you are helping to make the electronic version FREE in the future for all our students, our colleagues in less-wealthy economies, and anyone who can't afford to buy it. Thank you!


Editing by Michael Dylan Rogers $5,000.00

Book and cover design by Lindsey Cleworth $2,250.00

Reedsy (10% surcharge on freelancer fees ) $863.00

Proofreading by Natalie Silver $800.00

Indexing by Melissa Hyde $580.00

ISBNs $295.00

Set up book on Amazon $49.00

Set up book on Ingram (for all non-Amazon sites) $49.00

TOTAL $9886.00