Academic writing coaching
Find your confidence
Set and achieve meaningful goals
Get your writing done
Do you find it almost impossible to get your academic writing tasks done?
I get it. I know that many 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 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.
What does the program cost?
The cost is $1500+GST for a two-month program.
First we'll start with an intake call (60-90 minutes) where we'll look at what's held you back in the past, what's most important to you and what your want to achieve in our time together. Then, over the following two months, we'll have 4 x 50-minute coaching calls (usually a call every 2 weeks), with unlimited email support in between sessions.
What's the next step?
I would recommend Malini wholeheartedly to anyone feeling stuck or despondent about their writing. She was able to quickly learn enough about an obscure topic to provide meaningful suggestions and was able to motivate me to progress to a successful outcome.BJ, Clinician
As an native English speaker, I felt the ability to write should have come naturally. It can also be hard to have people read your work and provide critical feedback without taking it as a personal attack.
Through working with Malini, I could get good critical feedback in a positive manner. I felt comfortable asking basic questions, such as how to use tenses or punctuation in a certain sentence, while also developing the broader story of my manuscript through improved planning strategies.AC, PhD student