Upcoming events

Setting Your Writing Routine

Finding time to write is a challenge for many of us academics, even though it is ostensibly our main job. Come learn practical strategies for setting writing routines that actually work to get words on the page.

WHEN:

February 5, 2018. 1-2 pm ET

WHERE:

Crowdcast

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March 5, 2018. 1-2 pm ET

WHERE

Crowdcast

Beating the Mid-Semester Slump

You’re halfway through the semester and your teaching is chugging along. But you never have enough time to write or research, and you’re dreading the coming onslaught of grading in a few weeks. Learn how to use the middle of the semester to build back up your energy, get re-excited about your projects, and finish the semester strong.

Breaking into Academic Editing

What is academic editing all about? In this intro-level session, three academic editors—Cathy Hannabach, Summer McDonald, and Sarah Grey—walk you through the ins and outs of scholarly publishing, including editing journal articles, dissertations, book proposals, and books. How do academics’ needs differ from those of other clients? What do university presses look for from their authors, and how can editors help them provide it? How much specialization do you need to do different kinds of academic editing? If you’re interested in breaking into academic editing or making the transition from academic life to freelance editing, this session is for you.

WHEN

March 2018. Exact date/time TBD

WHERE

ACES Society for Editing conference. Chicago, IL

WHEN

April 9, 2018. 1-2 pm ET

WHERE

Crowdcast

Using Side Gigs to Explore Career Options

Side projects, freelance writing, and short-term contract work can be a great way to explore your career options beyond academia while earning some extra cash. Whether you’re a tenured/tenure-track professor, contingent faculty member, or graduate student, you can use side gigs to figure out the kind of work you like to do, what you are good at, and what there’s a market for. Learn how to manage your time, energy, and obligations as well as find opportunities for side gigs.

Publishing Your First Book

Revising your dissertation into a book requires more than cutting the lit review and adding a new chapter. It requires framing the entire project from a student exercise to a cohesive scholarly contribution that diverse audiences will actually buy. This hands-on workshop covers how to identify your book’s audience, craft a new frame, revise the argument for that audience, and find the best publisher for your project. Attendees will also workshop their book proposal draft, getting feedback from a developmental editor and an acquisitions editor.

WHEN

April 13, 2018. 8:30-5:00 pm ET

WHERE

University of Michigan

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April 14, 2018. 8:30-5:00 pm ET

WHERE

University of Michigan

Writing for Research

Writing is often presented as the end game: first you research, then you write it all up for publication. But writing is actually crucial to doing research itself. This hands-on workshop takes participants through the various stages of writing for research, including writing as method, note taking, outlining and compiling first drafts, setting a year-long publishing schedule, editing your own and fellow writers’ manuscripts, and building your research and writing organization system. Participants will also workshop a manuscript, getting feedback from a developmental editor and copyeditor.

Deciding Whether to Finish Your PhD

It’s the question few grad students (and advisors) are willing to admit to asking: should you finish your PhD? Many fear that even asking it means you’ve already failed or aren’t committed enough to your degree. But this question shouldn’t be so scary. There are legit reasons to finish, not finish, and/or postpone a PhD—everything from new careers and familial obligations to financial changes and self care. In this webinar, we’ll tackle how to take an honest and holistic look at your needs, desires, and resources to figure out whether finishing your PhD best fits your situation.

WHEN

May 7, 2018. 1-2 pm ET

WHERE

Crowdcast

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May 2018. Exact date/time TBD

WHERE

Cultural Studies Association conference. Pittsburgh, PA

Author Meets Critics: Frederick Luis Aldama

Discussion with Frederick Luis Aldama about Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (University of Arizona Press)

Author Meets Critics: Sami Schalk

Discussion with Sami Schalk about Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke University Press)

WHEN

May 2018. Exact date/time TBD

WHERE

Cultural Studies Association conference. Pittsburgh, PA

WHEN

May 2018. Exact date/time TBD

WHERE

Cultural Studies Association conference. Pittsburgh, PA

Author Meets Critics: Aimi Hamraie

Discussion with AImi Hamraie about Building Access: Universal Design, Disability, and the Politics of Knowing-Making (University of Minnesota Press)

Heath Fogg Davis, text reads Heath Fogg Davis, Cultural Studies Association conference, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2018

Author Meets Critics: Heath Fogg Davis

Discussion with Heath Fogg Davis about Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (New York University Press)

WHEN

May 2018. Exact date/time TBD

WHERE

Cultural Studies Association conference. Pittsburgh, PA

Past events

Group of people sitting around a table with a laptop open. Text reads "Getting the most out of writing groups, January 4, 2018, 1-2 pm EST." Includes the Ideas on Fire logo
A person offers a blue credit card. Text reads "Money management for grad students, December 19, 2017, 12-1 pm EST." Contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Dealing with Rejection webinar for Grad School Rockstars, December 5, 2017, 12-1 pm EST. Ideas on FIre logo
Colorful books on bookshelf. Text reads "Turning your dissertation inot a book, November 14, 2017, 1-2 pm EST." Contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Abstract image of blue bubbles. Text reads "Revising Seminar Papers into publications, A Rockstar webinar, November 2, 2017, 12-1 pm." Contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Building Professional Community
Podcasting as Public Intellectualism webinar
Blue wall on which hangs a red sign reading "Exit". Image text reads "Using Your Dissertation to Build a Non-Academic Career, September 26, 2017, 12-1 pm EST"
Working w an Editor, rescheduled
Rock Your First Semester of Grad School webinar
Navigating Academic Conferences webinar
Writing Syllabi That Work webinar
Art & Community-Based Research webinar
Writing for NonAcademic Audiences webinar
Staying Motivated Over the Summer
Podcasting & Public Intellectualism, blog image
Minh-Ha T Pham CSA Author Meets Critics session
Tressie McMillan Cottom session, blog image
Rebekah Sheldon session, blog image
Sunaina Maira CSA Author Meets Critics session
Career Workshop, CSA 2017, blog image
Public Speaking for Non-Performers webinar, blog image
Prepping for an Altac Postac Career
Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters webinar
Working Well with Advisors webinar, for the Grad School Rockstar Program
Pedagogy in the Public Sphere webinar (click the image to watch the replay video)
Colorful books on bookshelves. Text reads "Crafting an academic book proposal". Contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Early Dissertation Planning webinar, for the Grad School Rockstar Program
Work Life Balance in the Context of Power webinar (you can watch the replay video by clicking the image)
Mapping Your Semester
Self Care at the End of the Semester webinar, led by Julia Jordan-Zachery
Make It Work, Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy session at 2016 Cultural Studies Association Conference
Beyond the Professoriate Conference 2016
Rock Your Semester workshop about Road Maps and Writing Routines, University of Pittsburgh
Bay Area Rockstar Program Happy Hour
Rock Your Dissertation workshop on Writing Routines, led by Cathy Hannabach
Thrive Like Studs workshop on Cultural Studies and Postac Altac Careers
Open book against yellow background, text reads Four Editors and a Paragraph, May 13, 2015, 1-2 pm, Drexel University Bookstore