National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members to help them improve writing and research productivity and life/work balance. Duke is an institutional member of NCFDD.  Find out more about the  programs available to members here.

Cool Tools and Book Favorites Recommended by Writing Retreat Participants

For Writing Productivity / Tracking

Pomodoro technique:  Useful for structuring writing sessions and productivity.  An online tool to help promote the daily habit of writing. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. . . 750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise.

My personal productivity rules. Natalie Houston. ProfHacker. 21 August 2012.

For Organizing Research

Scrivener:  a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.  See also: Everything Scrivener

For Connecting with Other Writers

She Writes. She Writes is a community, virtual workplace, and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 20,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

The Writer’s Circle. An online community of writers (Facebook), sharing strategies, articles, and advice,  and a website with inspirational quotes, articles, advice, and prompts.

Writers on Writing. A New York Times series that features writers exploring literary themes. The archive is available here.

Writing in General

Belcher, Wendy. Writing Your Journal Article in 12 weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success.

Elbow, Peter. Writing With Power.

Hjortshoj, Keith. Understanding Writing Blocks.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life.

Rockquemore, Kerry. The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure–Without Losing Your Soul.

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

Inside Higher Ed columns by Kerry Rockquemore