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On writing blocks and getting unstuck

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Have you ever experienced a writing block? Last February, I attended a special lecture by Visiting Professor Deborah Britzman. Professor Britzman holds the York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psycho-Social Transformation. Her lecture was on a topic that is close

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On Writing Productivity – Writing Among Others

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After years of going through the research stage of my PhD program, watching my cohorts graduate one by one, (feels like) I am alone. It has become difficult for me to stay motivated and focus on making progress in my

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2 Tips on Nurturing “Baby” — Dissertation Boot Camp Reflections

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In last week’s post, Dustin offered some useful suggestions for PhD students with a baby (or babies!) to raise. While this week, I would like to start with baby in its metaphoric sense. Every Master and PhD student has a

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I Can Get In, I Can’t Get Out: A Final Reflection on Dissertation Boot Camp

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Boot Camp has become like my phantom limb. Or else maybe I’m like some worker who has risen at the same time every day for 40 years and keeps getting up, getting dressed, and going through the motions of a

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On the Virtues of Peer Pressure or, Great Expectations

Did I say liveblogging? Well, yesterday I wrote all day and then went to the gym, made it home, ate, attended to a few details of home administration, and promptly fell asleep. Sleepblogging. I’ve accidentally left my notes from yesterday

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Do You Quit While You’re Ahead?

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No, I’m not talking about academia in general. Don’t be so sensational. I’m talking about writing. At this morning’s Boot Camp motivational meeting Valerie Ashford, from the Writing Center, recommended setting time limits to your writing and then stopping at

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Office Hours?

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Today was the first day of Dissertation Boot Camp (I’ve been talking of going to Boot Camp like Buster from Arrested Development talks about going to Army). The permission granted by this program to focus, without guilt, on your dissertation

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