Synergia | Scholarship

Just Write

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It’s hard to write. Through the years I’ve observed my colleagues in the writing retreats here on campus, I know the challenges we all face when we sit down to our keyboards.

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Pockets of Privacy

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I am at a Faculty Writing Retreat, cozily tucked in among my colleagues. I notice that their tap-tapping fills the air while my keyboard sits untouched. Quickly, I scroll to the bottom of my document and begin writing, first tentatively, then rapidly, about what has me stuck. (And yes, there is swearing.) Gradually, I write myself out of my knot, scroll back to the top, and continue on with my work.

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Resources for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

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Five St. Thomas faculty present research at the 2015 SoTL Commons Conference. Learn more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, including the wide array of publication venues for this kind of research.

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Starting to Get Published: Writing Articles and Chapters in Edited Collections

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Top Ten Productivity Tips

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Tara Gray, who gave a couple of popular writing workshops for faculty last year at UST, here gives her top ten tips for writing productivity.

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Thinking Inside the Box - with the Lid Open

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“In the late 1960s, when I was a young guitar player and aspiring composer of popular music, I saw a '60 Minutes' segment that made a huge impression on me. Mike Wallace was interviewing the composer Igor Stravinsky. When asked what inspired him to compose, Stravinsky said it was impossible to just approach an empty score sheet and start to write. What he did was to impose structure – a certain mode, a time signature, rhythmic figures and on and on until the music started to flow.”

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