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Take Your Vocab From Drab to FAB

Posted By Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, Laura Sudano, Monday, July 28, 2014
We (LDR and LS) are pleased to announce that CFHA will hold a free writing workshop titled, “From Dissertation to Dissemination: An Interactive Writing Workshop,” at the 16th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on October 16th, 2014 from 1:15-4:00 pm for registered conference attendees. This workshop will offer input from some of CFHA’s top writers about their approaches to writing and speak to the importance of disseminating one’s work, be it related to clinical, research, or policy endeavors. All writers who are registered for the conference are welcomed to participate. Now, allow us to explain why this workshop is going to rock the world for Early Career Professionals (ECPs).


When I (LDR) sat down to transition my dissertation to something publishable, I kept thinking “all of this must be important or I wouldn’t have included it in the first place”. The notion of cutting it down was daunting. And the idea of creating multiple manuscripts (a work still in progress!) induced the same fears that the dissertation did: it’ll never get done. But here are some truths I’ve discovered as an early writer: it (whatever “it” means to you) WILL get done, starting sentences with “but” is okay depending on your audience, and there are a lot of ways to share your work. I have benefited greatly from the wisdom of others who have had successful writing careers and who have generously offered their support. 

Free Writing Workshop!!

As a doctoral candidate and “launching” ECP (LS), I can say that the thought of picking apart the 100+ page dissertation into publishable journal articles gets me twitching a bit. The thought of having to re-visit this small novel which has consumed my life is overwhelming to say the least. So, the question for me became how to think about dissemination before the dissertation. It is a bit like family planning – conception being the day of your dissertation defense and the birth being a completed journal article(s); however, with family planning, you start planning before conception begins. Sorry if I lost you on the family planning metaphor. But the point is not asking the question of if you can plan, but how you can plan for dissemination during the dissertation process ... without losing your chutzpah (or mind).

The writing workshop will provide some tips on managing not only the content itself, but your emotional process of dissertation to dissemination. Our aim is to offer you the supports that we have received in our own writing, giving you greater confidence in your ability to share your experiences and enhance the field of collaborative care. Be sure to be on the lookout for more information in the weeks ahead, with another blog regarding this workshop from Randall Reitz and details from CFHA. We, along with our esteemed panel of colleagues, look forward to seeing you at the free workshop in October!

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