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“Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer’s Block”

The Office of Faculty Development invites faculty members to participate in a webinar titled “Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer’s Block” Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET.

This program can be accessed for free through CWRU’s institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. On the website, select the “Become a member” button and choose CWRU on the list of institutions to register to the site.

About the webinar

In this webinar, Aurora Chang will address the state of immobility and powerlessness when writing feels impossible—also known as writer’s block. She will focus on the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as academic writers and how that narration deeply impacts our perceived ability to write. She will ask the broad question: How do we revise our self-narratives so that writing feels freeing rather than confining? She also will ask the specific question: What are simple, practical ways to overcome academic writing blocks when they hit? The main takeaway? Understanding the roots of your writing block is at the crux of overcoming it.

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Reflect on the relationship between academic writing and their personal identity; 
  • Understand and re-narrate the stories they tell about their writing identity; and
  • Learn short-term and long-term ways to conquer academic writing blocks. 

Register for the webinar.