Webinar: Writing for Historical Publications
Designed for both emerging and seasoned museum practitioners, Writing for Historical Publications will inspire and equip participants to write for professional publications, organization blogs, and book manuscripts. The ability to write well is a hot commodity in the history world. In addition to being a valuable tool for developing communication skills, the act of writing helps to develop reflection, analysis and synthesis, as well as mental operations in a process that requires the writer to formulate clear ideas rooted in context and supported by evidence. Contributing an article to a published journal or writing a book is a career-booster. It puts the writer’s name into circulation, and demonstrates the writer’s expertise and commitment to the museum field. Beyond publishing, these skills are also easily called upon for other tasks, such as grant writing or discussing complex topics within your organization.
In this webinar, AASLH’s Bob Beatty, Charles Harmon of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, and, Sarah Case and Tamara Gaskell of NCPH’s The Public Historian, will address the process, from initial ideas to reviewing pre-print proofs. They will present strategies for history professionals to develop well-organized arguments and narratives and will cover editors’ expectations, such as following style sheets, providing references for all ideas that are not one’s own, plagiarism, meeting deadlines, the peer review process, and accepting proofing edits. Participants will learn how to present book and article ideas effectively to potential publishers, as well as learn of the professional value of blogs and other social media versus published articles and books.
This session will provide a road map that encourages more museum professionals to contribute to their own professional development and to the field through writing and publishing.