12-Week Summer Publication Bootcamp

Worried about the summer productivity slump? Planning on publishing one of your conference papers, but finding yourself running around in circles? Need a group to workshop your paper with?

The Graduate School and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invite all graduate students and postdocs to join a 12-Week Summer Publication Bootcamp!

Drop-ins welcome. No need to RSVP. While the outcomes of the bootcamp will be greatly improved with consistent weekly attendance, perfect attendance is not required.

What is it? 

  • A 12-week program based on the book "Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" by Wendy Belcher
  • Weekly 1-hour meetings during the lunch hour (bring your brown bag lunch)
  • Step-by-step process of converting a conference or course paper into a publishable journal article 
  • Learn how to advance your argument, select a journal, review the literature, and strengthen the structure 
  • Work with your peers on brainstorming and editing your work


  • Research has proven that writing in isolation is virtually impossible. This group is meant to provide a space to brainstorm with your peers, as well as edit each other's work.
  • We provide accountability and structure during the summer months when the usual advisers and peers are often unavailable. 
  • The art of the scholarly journal article is one of the most elusive structures and standards in the academic world. While it remains a mystery at first, it is a structure that can be taught. 
  • Publishing is the main key to success on the academic job market.

Who can join?

  • Graduate students and postdocs with a conference or course paper they would like to publish

What should I bring to the first meeting? 

  • A notebook, pen, and brown bag lunch 

When and where? 

  • Every Thursday from 12-1pm in the UMC,CASE, or Regent buildings (dates below):
    • June 6 - UMC 245: Week 1: Designing Your Plan for Writing
    • June 13 - UMC 245: Week 2: Starting Your Article
    • June 20 - CASE E351: Week 3: Advancing Your Argument
    • June 27 - UMC 245: Week 4: Selecting a Journal
    • July 11 - CASE W313: Week 5: Reviewing the Related Literature
    • July 18 - Regent 1B27 (basement level): Week 6: Strengthening Your Structure
    • July 25 - UMC 245: Week 7: Presenting Your Evidence
    • August 1 - UMC 245: Week 8: Opening and Concluding Your Article
    • August 8 - UMC 245: Week 9: Getting, Giving, and Using Others' Feedback
    • August 15 - UMC 415-417: Week 10: Editing Your Sentences
    • August 22 - UMC 245: Week 11: Wrapping Up Your Article
    • August 29 - UMC 245: Week 12: Sending Your Article

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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