Research Article Boot Camp

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Writing Boot Camp?

Making progress on a research article and getting it published is a priority for graduate students but finding productive writing time is often a challenge. Most of us have been in the position of having completed our research and then feeling the need to get it down on paper but dedicating uninterrupted time for writing is often challenging. This GCAC Boot Camp will be our first virtual one, but it will still offer a chance to step away from your routines and focus exclusively on writing for two days.

What is a Writing Boot Camp?

Each of the two mornings of the Research Article Boot Camp, we’ll gather online to talk about writing and productivity challenges and strategies. We’ll then move into 3 dedicated blocks of writing time over the course of each day, interrupted only for a lunch break, a 30-minute afternoon lecture on aspects of academic writing and a day-ending discussion.  Full details will be provided once your application is approved. 

You’ll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch break excepted!) and to try and set aside other demands on your time for two days, giving you the opportunity to make some progress in your writing. Importantly, this “Camp” offers a way to rediscover the positive aspects of writing and move away from the stress and guilt that’s often associated with it. What you will actually write depends on where you currently are in the writing process—whether you need to start, make progress on or complete your research article will be decided by you.

Who Should Sign Up?

In order to sign up for the GCAC Research Article Boot Camp, the following conditions apply:

  • ​Your research and data collection must be finished, i.e. you need to be at a point where the only logical thing to do is write. Boot Camp is for writing, not further reading and research. 
  • You are willing to set goals and strive to reach them, to commit to a two-day program and to realize your potential for self-disciplined writing.
  • Space is limited, and priority will be given to first-time Boot Campers.

How Do I Apply?

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