Faculty-Staff: “Writing in Your Profession”
Writing and Communicating in Your Profession
Writing is integral to scholarship as well as to how Bates communicates with the wider community. Join staff from Writing at Bates and other colleagues each semester to discuss ways to tackle the writing and communication tasks that our professions demand of us. We provide opportunities to develop professional writing and communication for a variety of audiences and purposes. We welcome suggestions for future workshops or inquiries about one-on-one consultations about your own professional writing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revising Manuscripts (After Reviewer Feedback)
Wednesday, February 12, 4:15—Hedge 208
Reviewer feedback can be tremendously helpful — it can guide us to make an argument more cogent or even help us reshape a project. On the other hand, sometimes this feedback can be confusing, contradictory, or just plain wrong. Responding to the reviewers is itself an art form. Join presenters Don Dearborn, Lynne Lewis, and Therí Pickens to discuss revising manuscripts for publication and responding to reviewer feedback. Come with your experiences and questions!
Please RSVP by contacting Lauren Vedal: email@example.com
Writing Cover Letters
Tuesday, October 22, 4:10—Roger Williams 315
You’ve written successful cover letters before–for job applications, journal submissions, and book proposals. Nevertheless, the cover letter remains a challenging genre. At once peripheral to your work and yet essential to getting your work seen, writing cover letters can be nerve-wracking and time-consuming. A strong cover letter invites readers’ curiosity, highlights your work’s relevance to the field, and can even solidify your own thinking. Join presenters Ron Barry, Kathy Low, and Mara Tieken to discuss writing effective cover letters for jobs and publishing. Come with your questions!
Writing Letters of Recommendation
Monday, January 28, 4:10—Hedge 208
Recommendation letters for Fulbright scholarships, graduate programs, medical schools,
and other programs are a peculiar genre of writing. What should you include? How do you help
the applicant stand out? Lee Abrahamsen (Biology), Misty Beck (Writing Specialist/ES), and Robert Strong (Graduate Fellowships Advisor) will provide guidelines andadvice for writing effective recommendation letters. Come with questions, as well as with your own experiences writing recommendations.
Writing a Book Proposal
Wednesday, October 24, 4:10—Hedge 208
Preparing a book proposal for the first (or tenth) time may be daunting. How do you pitch your project? How do you re-frame your research for a press? Jane Costlow (Environmental Studies), Joe Hall (History), and Erica Rand (Art and Visual Culture) will share their perspectives on the process and their thoughts about effective proposals. Come with your questions and your own advice for your colleagues.
The Reality of Writing a Good Job Proposal, by Rachel Toor
Checklist for Revising Dissertations for Book Publication (University of Texas Press)
Turning Your Dissertation into a Book, by Lori Hagman (includes citations for several useful guides)
Dissertation to Book, by Laura Otis (includes descriptions of the review and publication process for first time authors and references for further reading)