Your Public Voice: An Online Writing Workshop by Dismantle Magazine

Your Public Voice: An Online Writing Workshop by Dismantle Magazine

June 7, 2019

Your Public Voice - Multicolored books on shelves. Text reads: Dismantle Magazine presents an online workshop co-sponsored by Ideas on Fire on Your Public Voice. July 8–31, 2019"

Ideas on Fire is excited to co-sponsor an exciting workshop by Dismantle Magazine on how scholars can build their public scholarship profile, engage a wider and more diverse audience than just fellow academics, and (gasp!) actually get paid for their writing.

Your Public Voice

by Dismantle Magazine

Workshop website:

You are an expert in your field. You’ve spent years doing research and crafting rigorous scholarly articles. But have you ever wished you could share your work outside of academic journals and write for an audience beyond your peers? Maybe you’re a full-time professor who wants to deepen your commitment to public scholarship. Perhaps you’re an adjunct or recent graduate who’d like to keep your research alive and make money at the same time.

Writing for the public is a very different genre than writing for other academics, but we promise we can help you do it. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to find a story with public stakes in your research
  • How to structure an article for a general audience outlet
  • How to craft a pitch that will get editors’ attention
  • How to find venues that welcome contributions by public scholars

Your Public Voice is more than an online course. In addition to learning about a new industry and getting expert tips, you’ll be actively workshopping ideas with your instructors (Dr. Sara Bernstein, and Dr. Elise Chatelain, co-founders of Dismantle Magazine) and classmates. You’ll also get a 1-on-1 session with Sara and Elise to discuss your work and writing goals.

At the end of four weeks, you’ll have an outline or draft of an article, a solid pitch, and suggestions for where to send it. Plus you’ll have a new set of knowledge and skills for earning income based on the work you already do!

When and How the Workshop Meets

The workshop runs July 8–31, 2019. Each week will have two modules: the first one is informative, the second is practical. So on Mondays, we’ll post lectures and readings with an assignment. On Thursdays, you’ll apply what you’ve learned and workshop your own materials.

The majority of the modules are self-paced and asynchronous. But because this is workshop rather than an online course—meaning we’ll be spending a lot of time reading and critiquing each other’s work—we want to foster a sense of community from the get-go. This means that we’ll ask you to be available for a 1-hour real-time group conversation/introduction during the first class, and for another 1-hour wrap-up at the end.

We will be using Google Classroom, so all you need is a Google account!

Ready to Join?

The deadline to enroll is July 1, 2019. For more information on the workshop, head over to Dismantle:

Your Instructors

Dr. Sara Tatyana Bernstein and Dr. Elise M. Chatelain are the co-founders of Dismantle Magazine. They created Dismantle to be an accessible, engaging forum for research in critical fashion, popular culture, and cultural studies. Transforming scholarship into engaging magazine articles that reach a broad and diverse audience is what they do every day!

In the workshop, Sara will focus on the material from the writer’s perspective. She currently balances freelance writing, co-running Dismantle, and teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work has been published in Vox, The Outline, BuzzFeed Reader, Inside Higher Ed, Ideas on Fire, and more.

As editor for Dismantle Magazine, Elise will focus on that side of the writing relationship. She’s worked with dozens of writers from academic backgrounds to help their brilliant ideas shine in a web magazine format. Elise’s experience as an academic coach also helps her find and present your best work.

If you have questions about the workshop, head over to Dismantle Magazine to chat with Sara or Elise.

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