Academic writing coaching: Express coaching package

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      Do you find it almost impossible to get your academic writing tasks done?

      I get it. I know that many graduate students, academic staff members and medical researchers have been sitting on their drafts for weeks, months, or even years. They feel overwhelmed, bored or scared, and they just want it finished and submitted.

      Some people find it difficult to prioritise the tasks in their ever-growing list of 'things they are supposed to do each week'. As I've learned while giving writing workshops at universities around Australia, the result is that writing falls to the bottom of the to-do list and therefore never gets done.

      For others, the issue is that they have moved onto a new research project and, over time, have lost interest in writing up their previous project. However, while their interest has waned, they feel guilty, knowing that they really should be putting their work out into the world.

      There are also many people working in clinical settings who have never received formal training in how to write an academic journal article, leaving them feeling unsure as to how to get started.

      I also know that for many graduate students, it can feel like they will never finish their thesis. They are scared to ask for feedback and feel that they don't know enough, so they decide that they should read more rather than actually write something.

      And carers have their own set of challenges. The demands on their time can feel relentless and yet they are supposed to turn up to work as if they have nothing else to worry about.

      How do you know if you need a writing coach?

      If you can relate to any of the following statements then coaching may be right for you:

      • You know what you want to do but don't seem to be able to do it.
      • You feel stuck in your job/career because of your lack of publications.
      • You want to make a change in your worklife but are not sure what that change is or how to do it.
      • You find yourself procrastinating on your writing projects.

      How does the express coaching program work?


      Working together, we'll establish what you want to change, explore your values and mindset and set realistic tasks that you will do between our calls, to work towards your academic writing goals. This might sound simple on the surface; however, sometimes this requires you to look deep within at the beliefs you hold about yourself, your skills and your time.

      My aim as a coach is to become redundant. I don't want you to be forever reliant on me to have all the answers and keep you accountable. Instead, by looking at and addressing what has held you back in the past, my hope is that, eventually, you will have the confidence you need to prioritise your academic writing tasks, week in, week out.

      Having done this work for a number of years, I have picked one month as the sweet spot of keeping things focused and getting you into a regular writing practice as quickly as possible. For some people, that is enough to overcome their mindset blocks around writing and implement efficient writing strategies. However, if you want to continue working with me, I am more than happy to support you until you can write regularly and with confidence on your own.

      What does the program cost?

      The cost is $1500+GST for one month of support. (Many of my clients have successfully obtained funding from their institution to pay for this coaching package. I would be happy to provide some information if you need it to apply for funding.)

      Over the month, you will have up to five coaching calls, unlimited email support and access to my online course which takes you step by step through my writing process. You get to keep the course materials after we finish working together so that you can use them for future publications There is a discount for those who want to continue beyond the first month, and for returning clients as well.

      What's the next step?

      Contact me through the Get in touch page to schedule a free, 20-minute discovery call. On the call you can find out more about coaching and whether it's right for you.

      Malini’s coaching feels incredibly grounded in an understanding of both the ECR experience and the fundamentals of the academic writing process. I think this why I come away from every coaching session feeling deeply understood and with such clear and tangible strategies to move forward with my research and writing.

      Malini’s coaching has supported my writing confidence on many levels. I have an emerging, deep confidence in the value of what I have to contribute to the literature and community, and of the kind of researcher and writer I want to be. To be able to write with this emerging confidence is so much more enjoyable and productive!HC, ECR

      I finally passed! Only minor corrections! Thank you sooooooo much! I couldn’t have done this without your help. Thank you especially for helping me get across the finish line. There were so many times when I wanted to give up, and you encouraged me so much. I don’t think there are any words to describe how grateful I am for all you have done for me!

      CL, PhD student and clinician

      Prior to working with Malini I would have said there were no emotional blocks to my writing. Even after three sessions, I am beginning to understand that there can be emotional blocks – even if you don’t actively feel them all the time. I am now beginning to work on unpacking my thoughts about writing and I am discovering things I definitely could not have done without a coach. There is one paper I have been ‘stuck’ on for about a year, and I have finally begun to make real progress on it, thanks to Malini.KS, Lecturer and ECR

      Thank you for all of your support last year through the coaching and writing sessions that allowed me to reach this point. I have learnt so much about myself through your teachings and have gained new confidence in myself and my writing.

      ES, PhD student

      Malini’s guidance enabled me to write effortlessly and quickly. Her framework and approach to writing is so simple it defies belief; I can’t believe that I have struggled with writing for so long! What I love is that I can keep going back to the course work for each paper to cement my learning. I wish I had discovered Malini 15 years ago at the start of my research career, — I would be so much further ahead now.

      VP, Clinical associate professor

      I am talking to everyone who will listen just how valuable it has been to receive coaching for my writing from Malini! Through our sessions I have learned clear processes for writing that I can replicate across all my work. I’ve also learned strategies for combating writers block and fitting writing into my busy work week rather than after hours. Malini also prompted me to think about writing outside of academia, and I have since developed the confidence to move out of my comfort zone and write for news media.

      BJ, Senior research fellow