Recommended Reads: Writing, Research, and Productivity

Articles: Writing Group Information

Bird, Karen. “Women’s Writing Groups: 5 Reasons to Start One” The Guardian (2014)

Curtis, Claire. “The Rules of Writing Group” Chronicle of Higher Education (2011)

Golde, Chris. “Tips for Writing Groups” Univ. Wisconsin–Madison (1996)

Jensen, Joli. “Don’t Go It Alone” Chronicle Vitae (2014)


Articles: Writing Productivity (habits, scheduling, strategies)

Jensen, Joli. “Who Knows Where the Writing Time Goes?” Chronicle Vitae (2014)

Toor, Rachel. “The Habits of Highly Productive Writers” Chronicle of Higher Education (2014)

Articles: Science Writing

Whitesides, George M. “Whitesides’ Group: Writing a Paper.” Advanced Materials. 2004.



Books: Writing Advice Guides

CSU Writes has a nascent but burgeoning library of helpful books on writing methods and strategies for your reading pleasure. Please get in touch with Kristina Quynn at to access materials. The CSU Writes library includes the following books:

Becker, Howard. Writing for the Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article

Belcher, Wendy. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: a Guide to Academic Publishing Success

Boice, Robert. Professors as Writers

Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis

Bridges, Judy. Shut Up and Write!

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones

Goodson, Patricia. Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing

Gray, Tara. Publish and Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar

Lodge, David. The Practice of Writing

Lamott, Anne. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing 

Luey, Beth. Handbook for Academic Authors—5th edition

Shimel, Joshua. Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded

Sholapurkar, Amar. Publish and Flourish: A Practical Guide for Effective Scientific Writing

Silva, Paul. How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing

—-. Write It Up!: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles

Sternberg, David. How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation

Sword, Helen. Stylish Academic Writing

Wolfe, Joanna. Team Writing: A Guide to Working in Groups

Zerubavel, Evaiatar. The Clockwork Muse: a Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books

Zinsser, William.  On Writing Well