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Taking a Text and Tweaking it: Using Wendy Belcher’s 12-Week Journal Writing Program to Support Writing Wellbeing for Busy Educators


This practice report argues that, in a higher education system where publication is a key performance metric, existing resources, such as textbooks, can be used and modified to make engaging and valuable professional development resources for researcher/educators – both students and academics. The report outlines a series of writing workshops offered over 2021 and 2022 at Queensland University of Technology, based on Wendy Laura Belcher’s 2019 book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. The practice report describes the specific steps taken to “tweak”, or re-work the book-as-curriculum, to provide flexibility and a place for writing wellness for educators during over-crowded academic semesters. It also provides a case study of the usefulness of the writing program for educators in enhancing their writing wellbeing, and ends with lessons for other academic developers who may be considering using existing texts as the basis for professional development for already-overworked staff in the neoliberal academy.

Published: 2023-12-11
Pages:120 to 127
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Winter, A. (2023). Taking a Text and Tweaking it: Using Wendy Belcher’s 12-Week Journal Writing Program to Support Writing Wellbeing for Busy Educators. Student Success, 14(3), 120-127.

Author Biography

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Dr Abbe Winter is a results-driven writing specialist, collaborative mentor, and independent researcher, skilled in the analysis of words and data for user needs. Abbe is a researcher trainer, leader, and mentor, with over 20 years’ experience in quality assurance, and change and project management. While her PhD focused on what helps workers in higher education cope with large-scale organisational change, and she was part of the small team that created and developed the concept of academagogy (the scholarly leadership of learning), her more recent research has focussed upon professional identity, developing writing skills, and reflective practice. She is currently a member of the academic precariat, working across the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice in various roles, including researcher-for-hire and Faculty Writing Coach. You can read more of her writing here:,_Abigail.html.  

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