You're Invited: Public Writing Workshop with Dr. David Perry

By: HAW,  The Department of History
March 29, 2021

The workshop will take place on Friday, April 9, from 1 to 3 pm EST on Zoom. All are welcome.

There’s no such thing as the Ivory Tower. Colleges and universities are not isolated enclaves, and they probably never were. Public engagement is an essential part of the core mission of higher education.

But how do we reach the public? This age of constant media babble and a vast explosion of online and print publications have transformed the traditional pathways of publication, prestige, and engagement. Academics – experts in so many things – need to be part of the conversation. In fact, the variety of media voices has only made expertise and authority more important.

The workshop will take place on Friday, April 9, from 1 to 3 pm EST on Zoom. All are welcome. In this workshop, David M. Perry, a freelance journalist who covers politics, history, education, and disability rights. will lead you through the process of getting your voice into the public sphere. He will cover pragmatic topics: the art of the pitch, finding the right venue, managing social media profiles, getting paid, making it count for tenure and promotion, and protecting yourself from trolls and harassment. He will also talk about strategies to simultaneously maintain academic authority and be accessible to the broader public.

Through it all, you’ll be working on your pitches, reading essays that embody important traits, and developing your own ideas.

Over the last five years, David – once a mild-mannered medievalist – has become a columnist for Pacific Standard Magazine, with hundreds of published pieces at venues all over the world, including the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Along the way, he’s learned a lot about how to take academic expertise and share it with a much broader audience.

Going public isn’t easy, but neither is getting into graduate school, getting a Ph.D., or finding an academic job, so you’ve already traveled some pretty difficult paths. This workshop will start you on your way towards the next challenge.

Sponsored by: Historians Are Writers! (HAW!), History Department & Careers Beyond Academic/BEST program.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://cornell.zoom.us/j/95004027664?pwd=Rk9scTRUMEFWTTlZbmRkcXNHamdYQT09

Meeting ID: 950 0402 7664
Passcode: 869618

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Dr. David Perry