Academic writing month 2018

Academic Writing Month November

Welcome to The Social Academic. It’s November.

I’m Jennifer, and each month I bring you fresh advice on managing your online presence in the research / academic world.

Happy Academic Writing month!


November is #AcWriMo. There are awesome people running support and planning groups. Check out these academic writing experts

Check out the rest on this Twitter thread.

What are you doing for #AcWriMo2018?

My #AcWriMo

While I’m not doing academic writing myself this month, I’m doing 3 things to support academic writers like you.

1. Giveaway

Are you presenting your academic writing/research at a conference or event?

I’m here to support the output of your academic writing this year. I’m giving away FREE graphic design work to support your next speaking engagement.

Enter to win on Instagram!

@HigherEdPR Giveaway

It works. Having a graphic to direct people to your presentation is a great way to get more people to attend.

Here’s what folklorist, Jessica Doble said:

Thank you @HigherEdPR for your amazing graphic and social media coaching for #afsam18. The panel was so great and we had quite a crowd!

— Jessica Doble (@jldoble1)

Check out Jessica’s post to promote her panel discussion.

Conference attendees have a lot of choice between panels, so let’s give them a beautiful reminder to choose yours.

2. Share #AcWri conversations and tips

I’m an academic writer, I’ve published peer reviewed articles, written criticism, etc. I am not an expert.

But, there are awesome people who are, and who can, and want to help.


I’ll be sharing some great tips for academic writing and publishing from scholars, professional writers, editors, publishers, and more. Are you following me on Twitter yet? Don’t miss out.

I hope to introduce you to some new ideas, practices, and people you can follow for all the other months of the year.

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega @raulpacheco

The first, a political scientist and geographer, who has written and blogged extensively on Academic Writing and academia.

My favorite part of his website are his Reading Notes on books about academic writing.

Have someone you think I should know? Email me!

3. Instagram

Check out @HigherEdPR this month on Instagram for my microblog tips.

Here are some of the topics I’ve planned

  • How to write a research abstract for Instagram
  • 3 options for promoting your new publication
  • Self-Promotion + Imposter Syndrome
  • Writing in Grad School
  • AcWri groups + communities

Happy Writing!


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Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and public relations consultant. She founded The Academic Designer, LLC to help academics, researchers, and writers control their online presence and share their work with the world.

She holds a B.A. from Monmouth University in English, and an M.F.A. from Naropa University in Writing & Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow. Jennifer also holds an M.A. from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies where she was one of four master’s fellows and a finalist for the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award.

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