The Writing Workshop:

Write More, Write Better, Be Happier in Academia

The book is here! And due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping everyone home, I've decided to make it free earlier than planned. Get an electronic version for free, or buy a print copy to hold in your hands.

Read the book with friends

On, you can create a book club or course, and invite your friends or students to read and discuss the book with you. It's all free. (You can also download a .pdf of the book from this site.)

Or download a full-text pdf from the Open Science Framework.

Or buy the book in print or e-reader versions

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 and get a sticker. Or write reviews on two 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.

Penguins gardening 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 have the motto, "It's a garden, not a mine." Gardening requires patience and understanding. When we have trouble, the answer is to take better care of ourselves, not to punish ourselves. This sticker is approximately 7.5 cm wide by 4 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.

Curious about the money?

My original plan was to make the book free once the production costs were covered, but once the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to stay home, it seemed like freeing the book was the right thing to do. So I uploaded the full text PDFs to the Open Science Framework and in March of 2020. But some people still bought the print edition: At the end of 2020, royalties from U.S. sales of the book totaled $10,362, so the production costs were officially covered. Thanks, Everyone!


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