18 August 2015 3 Comments
Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer is a Research Fellow at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) and the founder and host of Shut Up & Write Tuesdays, an online writing workshop for academics and postgraduate students.
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays began as a single Twitter account in 2013 (@SUWTues), and has since expanded to include two other accounts (@SUWTUK – servicing the UK and Europe; and @SUWTNA – servicing the US and Canada) with an international following.
When she’s not helping people write, Siobhan’s research focuses on the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. She tweets at @Siobhan_ODwyer.
Writing is a central part of academic life. We write to propose new projects, to secure funding, and to share our findings.
We also write to explore our own ideas, to critique the ideas of others, and to vent our frustrations.
But for something that’s so essential to our practice as researchers, writing receives remarkably little attention.
The academic business model views time to write as a luxury, not a necessity.
Rare is the academic or postgraduate student who has ever received explicit training in how, where, and when to write.
Because writing is an inherently private act, we rarely get to see how others do it.
Shut Up and Write, however, is starting to change all that.