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Register now for Extend Your Reach: Workshop for Faculty on writing and publishing across disciplines

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The Research Commons is offering a new daylong workshop for faculty members who may be called upon to communicate their research to non-traditional audiences -- colleagues in different disciplines, stakeholders outside of academia, the lay public, or others. 

The workshop, called Extend Your Reach: Writing and Publishing Across the Disciplines addresses effective ways to convey and communicate research to multiple audiences. The day begins with a workshop on plain-language writing, including an overview of contexts that promote or strongly encourage plain language. After lunch (included), the emphasis shifts to the publishing process, strategies for assessing potential publication venues, and reaching wider audiences. Approaches to developing a research narrative will also be discussed, with a focus on tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio. Participants will have opportunities to write and share their work with peers, and will take away practical strategies for conveying knowledge to a variety of readerships.

The workshop is led by Amanda Goldrick-Jones and Rebecca Dowson.

Amanda Goldrick-Jones started her writing life as a newspaper reporter in Toronto and Vancouver before receiving her BA and MA in English Language at UBC. After teaching writing and communication at UBC and Langara College, she studied rhetoric and professional communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she received her PhD. She then served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Winnipeg's Centre for Academic Writing and helped develop the major program in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. When she moved back to the coast in 2006, she spent two years at Simon Fraser University as the SLC's first writing services coordinator. At UBC, she taught academic, business, and technical writing courses while designing online writing courses for the UBC Writing Centre. Amanda returned to the SLC in July 2013, where she focuses on developing and coordinating writing services for undergraduates.

Rebecca Dowson supports researchers at all levels who are engaged with digital humanities through project consultations, digital skill development workshops, and coordinating the Library's resources in digitization and project hosting. She is also responsible for administering SFU's Open Access Fund and supporting researchers with scholarly communication. Her research interests include the intersection of libraries and digital humanities, with a particular interest in digital cultural heritage projects, digital skill building, and new forms of scholarly publishing.  Rebecca joined SFU Library in 2009 as the English and History Liaison Librarian.  She joined the Research Commons team in 2015.



Amanda Goldrick-Jones and Rebecca Dowson


September 29




WAC Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) Rm 7010 (Research Commons on 7th floor)

Registration information

Register now - spaces are limited 
Included: morning and afternoon coffee/tea with light snacks and lunch; if you have any severe dietary restrictions, please bring your own snacks and lunch.


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