Sunday, January 28, 2018

Practical Tips for Writing Your Dissertation – An 8-week Online Workshop

Practical Tips for Writing Your Dissertation – An 8-week Online Workshop | Feb. 21 - April 25

 February 21, 2018 - April 25, 2018 
(An 8-week Online Course)
Presenter: Rich Furman
This online workshop is designed for doctoral students to help develop the skills needed to successfully complete a high quality dissertation. It begins with an exploration of the nature of dissertations, including an analysis of the traditional dissertation architecture and the nature of each section. It examines the nature of quality in scholarly writing, helping developing scholars engage in an examination and critique of each other’s writing. Participants will practice methods of writing productivity, using each technique to push their agenda writing forward. Finally, the workshop helps doctoral students understand the psychosocial barriers that inhibit scholars, perhaps the most important and unique aspect of this workshop.

This online workshop will be a combination of readings, videos, writing, learning partner dialogues, and online conversations. There will also be a live conference call each week. Participants should be available for the live conference calls, and have a total of up to 6 hours each week available for the assignments and weekly dialogue partner conversations. 
•Module 1- Introduction, Deconstructing the Dissertation
•Module 2- The Architecture/Sections of the Dissertation
•Module 3- Quality Writing and the Dissertation
•Module 4- Methods of Writing Productivity, Part 1
•Module 5- Methods of Writing Productivity, Part 2
•Module 6- The Psychosocial Barriers to Writing and Publishing, Part 1
•Module 7- The Psychosocial Barriers to Writing and Publishing, Part 2
•Module 8- Putting It All Together
Dates and times – Live calls will be held on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM New York time/US Eastern time as follows:
  • Orientation - Feb. 21
  • Module 1 - Feb. 28 
  • Module 2 - March 7
  • Module 3 - March 14
  • Module 4 - March 21
  •    - March 28 - Off
  • Module 5 - April 4 
  • Module 6 - April 11
  • Module 7 - April 18
  • Module 8 - April 25
Registration form: Click Here

Registration Fees: 
Student - $550
General - $650
Taos PhD Student - Email: for rates.
(Rates good before January 15th. After Jan.. 15th, add $100.) 

Author bio: 
Rich Furman, MSW, PhD, Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma. Author of over 15 books and over 120 peer-reviewed articles. Areas of research interest include globalization and social work, and expressive qualitative methodologies. Empowering academics to maximize their strengths and transcend their psychosocial barriers so they can build powerful careers and thrive.

For questions:
 Email Rich Furman at
50% refund for any cancellations up to four weeks before course starts. 25% refund for any cancellations up to two weeks before. No refunds after course starts.

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Video I Must Share: Dr. Tien Ung

This has nothing to do with writing, publishing, or academia. Yet, this video of a presentation by my dear colleague, Tien Ung, is just too precious not to share.

Community, Place and Identity: Are You at Home in the World? demonstrates the best that my profession, social work, has to offer. Dr. Ung articulates how her own lived experiences as a Vietnamese woman and immigrant have shaped the formation of her professional identity, her alignment with key existential truths, and her deep sense of the importance of service.

She powerfully articulates three existential needs we all possess: the need to be seen; to recognize the goodness in others; and, to belong. Watching this video, I am filled with the beauty of these truths.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New, Flash Essay Published: The Return

I feel grateful, honored and psyched to have a flash nonfiction piece published in the awesome literary journal, Sweet. 

For your consideration.  The Return.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A magic number

For your quantitative researchers. Ok, this one is not about writing, but if De La Soul can sample this, its worth a listen :). 

Oh, and for kicks, De La Soul

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Underrated Noun

Nouns, real live people, places and things, are what ground our writing in the sensory world. For review.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Conjunction Junction

And, (but, or) if it's been a while since you have thought about conjunctions, sing along.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Get your adverbs here

Scholars sometimes struggle with adverb use. So, for high-level guidance.......

Monday, January 15, 2018

Old School Instruction on How to Use Commas

Many scholars struggle with comma use. I hope this video, old school that it is, helps.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Challenge: Short, Focused Writing Block

Its been a while since I have posted a Friday writing challenge. Here is a simple one.

Find one, small task to do on an article or your primary writing project. When I say small task, I mean specific; what is one paragraph where you can enter and generate new words. You don't have to complete the task, just enter it.

Set your timer for ten minutes, no more.

Breath for a minute.


How did you do?