01 Dec 2021

10 am - 12:30 pm

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Learn strategies to help you produce high output, low stress scholarly writing.

In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

This workshop will cover

  • why it's hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work


This workshop is facilitated by Hugh Kearns, recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.You will have the chance to talk with other research candidates in small group settings, also called breakout rooms. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workship is designed for RMIT University HDR candidates at all stages of candidature and early career researchers. Please note this workshop is open to both candidates and supervisors. 

Before attending the workshop

Before attending this workshop please download and read the documents available in the Turbocharge your writing folder (login required).


If you have any questions, email research.ed@rmit.edu.au.