It is my pleasure to announce the fourth (and final) season of our Writers’ Workshop series. Each Monday we will share a new essay reflecting on some aspect of the writing process. We invite you to follow along, and to make these essays part of your weekly writing rituals. This fall we have a fantastic group of contributors:
The Savage Minds Writers’ Workshop series launched in January 2014. We’ve had three successful seasons with thirty-two contributors writing across topics, genres, subdisciplines, and concerns of all sorts. All of these essays are available here for reading (or re-reading as the case may be):
We already know that all anthropologists write. This series is designed to get beyond the instrumental aspects of writing, and to think of the craft of writing, to think of anthropologists as writers regardless of the genre in which they write. We are in good company in this effort, and yet there is more work to be done, more questions to be asked about prose and style, about non-formulaic writing for journals, about writing in different languages, about finding the time to write, and more.
Second only to the tip to have a consistent writing practice and to write every day, is the suggestion to find community in one’s writing. Many academics, and probably most cultural anthropologists, have solitary writing practices. We write alone and yet we need feedback, encouragement, and conversation about our writing. Some are lucky to have regular in-person writing groups with whom they can share their writings, and others find such community online. If you are looking for online community, here are some to try: Shut Up and Write Tuesdays: A virtual writing workshop for academic folks, #GetYourManuscriptOut on Twitter, Alan Klima’s Academic Muse website, and for the entire month of November: AcWriMo or Academic Writing Month.
If what you want and need doesn’t exist, create it. Find the kindred spirits who inspire you, or perhaps those not-so-kindred ones who generate a different kind of writing energy for you. Either way, may the essays in this series be a good resource for thinking your writing anew.
Welcome all, and thank you in advance to our authors.