#ANUTBC - the big book edition!

If you are interested in writing a popular book based on your research (and maybe even making some money), this bootcamp is for you! Our first ever book writing bootcamp is designed to help you think about translating your research into a mainstream, research based book that would be interesting for a major publisher.

This bootcamp is only open to HDR candidates at ANU. It will obviously be suitable for humanities candidates, but we want to encourage scientists who are interested in develoing their science communication career to apply too.

There are only 25 places available. We expect this bootcamp to be popular, so if you are interested, fill out the form below. We will prioritise people closer to the end of candidature. Applications will close at 5pm on Tuesday the 14th of July and we will let you know if you have a place by Thursday the 16th of July.

From Research to Bestseller: turning your research into a creative non-fiction book

Time:
Friday 24th of July from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Simon Clews
Friday 31th of July from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Inger Mewburn
Friday 7th of August from 10am to 4pm via Zoom - Inger Mewburn
 
Reports of 'the death of the book' have been greatly exaggerated. Books continue to be bought online and in stores, and downloaded as e-books in very healthy numbers. The readers buying these books are fascinated by ideas-based writing.

Often called creative non-fiction, this category encompasses science, history, politics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, language, psychology – the list is diverse and endless with the unifying factor being that this is where research is brought to life and transformed into writing that engages, educates and entertains.

This workshop will be in our famous Bootcamp mode, with information, exercises and time to write in the company of others. Come armed with an idea or two for a book and be prepared to write fast and furiously!

We will look at how to take your research and rework it for an intelligent, non-specialist audience. It will set out the steps needed to become ‘talent’ – the sort of person with a profile that makes a publisher sit up and take notice. You will learn how to prepare your writing for publication and pitch it to a trade or commercial publisher.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

1) An idea of how to get yourself noticed and become ‘a person of interest’ to publishers.

2) Thought about what in your research might make the beginnings of a book.

3) Identified possible audiences for this book

4) Worked out how best to identify potential publishers and how to best pitch to them

This workshop will be presented by Simon Clews, an Honorary (Senior) Fellow at the Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The New Academic (coming from NewSouth books in February of next year). He has spent the last decade and a half encouraging, motivating and training academics to engage with the world beyond the academy.
Your bootcamp organiser is A/Prof Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer), Director of Researcher Development at ANU. Inger will support Simon to deliver this workshop and can be contacted if you have any questions or concerns prior to the event.

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* 1. What program are you enrolled in?

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* 2. What is your first name?

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* 3. What is your preferred name?

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* 4. What is your surname?

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* 5. ANU UID number: (eg U9876541)

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* 6. At the moment I am enrolled:

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* 7. I started my PhD in

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* 8. I will finish writing my dissertation in:

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* 9. Personal email address (please note, we will retain this for long term contact reasons):

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* 10. Mobile number (please note, we will retain this for long term contact reasons):

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* 11. Do you identify as:

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* 12. What  ANU college are you located in?

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* 13. How did you find out about this workshop?

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* 14. What is the main focus of your research?

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* 15. What do you think your book could be about and why would people be interested in reading it? Your initial, rough thoughts are fine - we won't use your answer in our selection process, we just want to get you thinking!

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* 16. Can you commit to being in this workshop from 10am - 4pm on Friday the 24th and 31th July, 7 August via Zoom?

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* 17. This workshop will require you to spend at least 5 hours logged into Zoom with both video and audio connected. Do you think your internet connection is capable of supporting you to participate fully? Please be honest. Answering 'no' does not mean we won't offer you a space - we will just get in touch to discuss your circumstances).

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* 18. This workshop will require you to participate via voice and video. Do you feel confident you can find a space where background noise can be controlled? (Answering 'no' does not mean you will be denied a space - we will just contact you to discuss your exact circumstances).

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* 19. This workshop will require you to write as well as watch and listen. Do you feel confident your keyboard, screen and mouse set up will enable you to do this work without injuring yourself? (Answering 'no' does not mean you will be denied a space - we will just contact you to discuss how to adjust your set up appropriately).

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* 20. Do you have any questions or comments for A/Prof Mewburn?

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