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NCFDD Webinar: Writing Through Writer’s Block: Turning Research Obstacles into Insight

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Writing Through Writer’s Block:
 Turning Research Obstacles into Insight

Facilitator: Naomi Greyser, PhD

  • Are you feeling stuck in your writing and experiencing a sense of boredom, intimidation or self-loathing when you think of sitting down with your project?
  • Do you have ongoing guilt or shame about how much time you spend avoiding your work because it’s painful to write, or you’re no longer sure exactly where or how to start?
  • Do you maintain unrealistic standards for your research that turn each paragraph into an opportunity to feel you have insufficient expertise, or couldn’t adequately respond to readers’ expectations or critiques?

If any of the above sounds familiar or reflects your experience with the writing process, you are not alone. It may be useful to regard those $%#$% writing blocks as opportunities for clarity around your research aims and intellectual investments. In this guest expert workshop, we will explore the multiple forms that writing blocks take, consider challenges that underrepresented faculty may experience in relation to writing, and identify strategies for attending to blocks so as to turn obstacles into insight. Along the way, we will share stories about how incredibly tough writing can be, and develop strategies that will help us sit down with our projects and make progress — writing through writer’s block.

About the Facilitator
Naomi Greyser, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, English and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Naomi works in the areas of critical race and gender theory; U.S. literature and culture; affect studies; American studies; and the rhetorical arts. She is the author of On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2016) and her work has appeared in American Literature, Feminist Studies and American Quarterly. Naomi’s current project, Writing Through Writer’s Block: Race, Gender and Knowledge Cultures in the Neoliberal Academy, examines strategies academics use to write through various blocks. Naomi enjoys cooking with her daughter, walking on the prairie with friends, and talking with people about their projects and passions. She welcomed a little girl into her life on the first day of her tenure-track job, and continues to practice overcoming some pretty intense resistance to writing when she sits down at the computer each day!


If you are a faculty member or postdoctoral scholar who would like to begin accessing NCFDD resources, please contact Samantha Anderson-Mekhail at sanders2@uci.edu.  



Thursday, Feb 2, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm