The Manuscript: Social Sciences Edition

You began with a research question or an idea, and developed it through a series of notes and drafts; at some point you have a manuscript, and you are ready for the next big step: publication. The process of writing and editing a manuscript can be daunting, time consuming, overwhelming, maybe even baffling.

How do experienced scholars progress from a draft manuscript to a publishable work of scholarship? Professor Cynthia Buckley will walk us through her own process, using an example manuscript to model her revision choices, as she works towards a final, publishable draft.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn more about solving problems at multiple levels of revision:

  • The article level:
    • Organizing and reorganizing sections and paragraphs
    • Writing section headings
  • The paragraph level:
    • Examples of effective paragraphs
    • Examples of ineffective paragraphs
    • Techniques for improving ineffective paragraphs
  • The sentence level:
    • Examples of effective sentences
    • Examples of ineffective sentences
    • Techniques for improving ineffective sentences
  • Other style considerations:
    • Changing the tone of an existing manuscript for a different audience
    • Word choice considerations, and revising for diction.
  • Responding to editorial guidance and reviews:
    • Examples of how to incorporate the recommendations of reviewers
    • Examples of situations where one might choose not to incorporate the suggestions of reviewers, and how to handle that important decision.

Date: Friday, February 18, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Place: Zoom (Meeting link will be sent after participant registers)

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Register for The Manuscript: Social Sciences Edition

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