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Public Humanities Writing

In 2019, UBC’s Faculty of Arts founded a Public Humanities Hub. In 2014, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies launched the Public Scholars Initiative. These and similar developments at comparable institutions suggest that humanities scholars— and indeed, scholars from across the disciplines—are envisioning new audiences and new purposes for writing in the 21st century, ones which broaden their reach beyond traditional academic forums. This daylong workshop will investigate the phenomenon of the public scholar and consider the audiences she addresses, the avenues to publication which are available to her, and the various genres through which she speaks to laypeople. The workshop will discuss how to pitch pieces to editors; it will examine authentic examples of op-eds, essays, and popular book reviews by academics; and it will consider some stylistic and ethical dilemmas which face the scholar who writes to the public. 

The morning will feature a lecture and conversational session, while the afternoon will feature dedicated writing time and optional peer-to-peer Writing Consultations with CWSC graduate student staff.

Please note that while this workshop is intended in the first instance for graduate students in the arts and humanities, UBC graduate students studying in any discipline are welcome and encouraged to attend.

A dedicated Q&A concludes the workshop; however, facilitators welcome questions and comments from participants throughout the interactive talk, whenever something sparks your interest.

Workshop Facilitator: Liam Monaghan, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 710am-4pm PT  
Registrants receive the Zoom link 1 day before the workshop.

Questions about this event? Please contact the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication: cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm
  Faculty     Graduate     Post-Doc  
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Writing  
Liam Monaghan

Registration is required. There are 95 seats available.

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