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About the Writer’s Workshop

ResilienceCon Writer's Workshop announcement with the text, "A 2-day post-conference meeting following the UNH violence conference, July 18-19, 208, Portsmouth, NH" with an illustration of an abstract figure writing on a large legal pad to the right.

The 2018 Writer’s Workshop was a great learning experience for everyone

Here’s what some of this years’ attendees had to say:

“I have learned so much in this workshop. The components of writing workshop were very organized and hands on. Specifically, I really appreciated “peer review” part, which help to improve my writing skills and to learn critical thinking. Drs. Hamby and Banyard are always willing to provide valuable feedback. I am grateful that I now have a better understanding of how I structure my writing to communicate with readers”

Dalhee Yoon, doctoral candidate, Case Western Reserve University

“I found the content, process, and coming together of the group to be an invaluable experience. I also was so thankful for Dr. Hamby’s and Dr. Banyard’s commitment to helping us think about the writing process. Their dedication to teaching and helping us to develop our skills was clear and very much appreciated.”

Sara Stein, doctoral candidate, University of Michigan

The 2018 Writer’s Workshop was a huge success!
Thanks to all who attended.
Stay tuned for information on the next workshop!

Interested in what the Writer’s Workshop is all about? Here’s some information from the 2018 workshop:

The ResilienceCon Writer’s Workshop is an opportunity to hone your scientific writing skills so that you experience more success in journal publishing, grant applications, and dissemination of your work.

Writer’s workshops have been a bedrock of support for fiction writers for many decades, but writers of nonfiction—especially scientific scholarship—have comparatively few supportive spaces to develop ideas and receive peer feedback.  The ResilienceCon Writer’s Workshop will adopt the fiction writing conference model, which combines workshop opportunities to receive feedback on your own manuscript, share feedback on others’ manuscripts, and participate in sessions to develop skills needed for successful scientific writing.  Although authors working on resilience or other strengths-based topics are particularly welcome, anyone working on violence or any form of adversity may participate.

Participants should be prepared to share a draft of a current scientific writing project (outlines or brief drafts are fine, upper limit is 30 double-spaced pages) in advance and commit to reading two papers of other participants before the meeting.

We also are allowing individuals to attend the Writer’s Workshop as auditors, without bringing a manuscript. There is a discounted rate for those that wish to audit.

Who Should Attend?

This intensive two-day conference is designed for researchers and scholars who want to improve their scientific writing, for advocates or policy-makers who want to become better advocates for science (through their own writing or through a deeper understanding of scientific publishing), and for those who want to write about the science of resilience and adversity for a more general audience.

Life Paths Promising Author Award

We were proud to provide three scholarships in 2018 to authors that focus on under-served or marginalized communities. Check back for more information on scholarships for the next workshop.

Help us continue to support students:

The scholarships cover the cost of Writer’s Workshop registration. Eligibility is limited to current students (Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students), post-baccalaureate fellows, and post-doctoral fellows. Scholarship winners are expected to attend the entire workshop.

Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Taylor, Conference Director,