Publishing and writing workshops

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Interdisciplinary scholarship can change the world. We’re here to help authors, cultural producers, academic departments, scholarly associations, and publishers make it happen.

We offer virtual (Zoom-based) and in-person workshops focused on all parts of the research, writing, and publishing process.

Want to learn more? Schedule a free consultation call to discuss your event.

Publishing and writing workshops

Below are some of our most popular workshops. We can also design a bespoke event to fit your needs.

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Writing and Publishing an Interdisciplinary Book

Interdisciplinary scholarship is some of the most vibrant and world-changing work out there. But it comes with unique challenges, including reaching a diverse set of audiences while also remaining legible in the fields that determine tenure and promotion. Learn from Ideas on Fire founder and scholarly book editor Dr. Cathy Hannabach how to use the writing process to hone your unique interdisciplinary voice and build a book publishing plan that allows your work to truly shine.

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Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Getting a book published during a global pandemic is no small feat. And it starts with writing a successful book proposal that takes into account the new world that authors, publishing staff, researchers, and global partners now inhabit. Learn from book editor and IoF founder Dr. Cathy Hannabach how to design a flexible writing schedule that fits your life and our ever-changing world, identify presses that are the right fit for your goals, and craft a compelling proposal that captures publishers’ attention.

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Finding the Right Publisher for Your Interdisciplinary Book

So you have a great interdisciplinary book idea and a kick-ass writing plan. Now it’s time to find a publisher. It might be tempting to go with the first press that shows the slightest interest (the “let them come to you” approach), but that does a disservice to both your research and your career. Learn from Ideas on Fire founder and scholarly book editor Dr. Cathy Hannabach how to identify and land the publisher that truly gets your unique project and has the resources and passion to see it through.

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Book Marketing for Academics

Awesome interdisciplinary scholarly books can change the world—but people have to find them first. That requires a solid book marketing plan that begins long before publication, a marketing plan led by YOU. Learn from IoF founder and author of Book Marketing for Academics Dr. Cathy Hannabach how to build your author platform, connect with readers and communities, harness publisher promotion support, and get the word out about your interdisciplinary book.

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Planning a Successful Non-Academic Job Search

So you know you want a career beyond the academy—but how do you actually find a job? And how can you build a non-academic career while finishing your PhD? Learn from Dr. Cathy Hannabach, founder of the interdisciplinary academic editing agency Ideas on Fire, how to plan a successful job search for careers beyond the academy. Topics covered include developing the concrete skills employers are looking for, translating your scholarly experience into marketable competencies, navigating the application and interview process, and using your grad school life to build the career you really want.

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Starting an Academic Podcast

Podcasts are one of the best ways to boost the reach and impact of scholarly research. Learn from Dr. Cathy Hannabach, host of Imagine Otherwise and founder of Ideas on Fire, how to go from great idea to published show. Topics covered include choosing a genre that fits your and your audience’s needs, budgeting for and funding your show, and how to conduct great interviews.

Recent workshop clients

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Stanford University
  • San Diego State University
  • Central European University
  • Yale University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University at Buffalo

Workshop pricing

Our workshop fees range from USD $1000–5000, depending on format, duration, and location.

We can work with most department and organization budgets, so please get in touch and we can schedule a call to discuss your event further.

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