Workshop | Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar

Tara GrayPresenter: Tara Gray, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Founding Director, Teaching Academy, New Mexico State University

Workshop participants who followed the steps below were studied and 95% of almost 100 participants reported that their writing improved. The average participant also increased the number of manuscripts submitted from two manuscripts per year to nearly six.*

Manage Time

  • Differentiate between the urgent and the important.
  • Write at least 15–30 minutes daily.
  • Record minutes spent writing and share those records daily.


  • Write from the first day of your research project.
  • Post your thesis on the wall and write to it.
  • Organize your paper around a template.


  • Identify a key sentence in each paragraph.
  • Make a list of key sentences as an after-the-fact outline.

Get Help

  • Learn how to listen.
  • Share early drafts with non-experts and later drafts with experts.

Polish and Publish

  • Read your prose out loud.
  • Kick it out the door, and make ’em say, “Yes!”

*Gray, T., Madson, L., & Jackson, M. (in press). Publish & Flourish: A program that helps scholars become better, more prolific writers. To Improve the Academy.

Every scholar can become more prolific: Why wait?

What participants say:

“Your methods changed my writing life. For the four years before the workshop, I wrote or revised 44 pages a year, but in the four years after, I wrote or revised 220 pages per year—five times as much!”

“I have adopted the 15 minute model along with other suggestions from Tara Gray. It has been about two weeks and I have hammered out a publication for submission and started the next one.”

“I decided to try these steps on a paper I had been trying to put together for five years. Four weeks later, the paper is out for review.” 

“The last two manuscripts I submitted were accepted without revisions! I attribute my success to the 12 steps I learned from Publish & Flourish.”

Tara Gray serves as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the founding director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Tara has used these steps to publish dozens of academic articles and three books, including Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. Tara has been honored at NMSU and nationally with ten awards for teaching or service. She has presented her workshops to more than 10,000 scholars at more than 120 venues in 35 states, and in Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

TAA can help your faculty move from writing to publication by sponsoring an expert-led workshop in textbook and academic writing at your institution. TAA's sponsorship covers the majority of the cost of bringing the presenter to your institution, including speaker fees and travel costs. The host institution is responsible for a fee of $1,750, which includes up to 100 TAA faculty memberships, available to faculty whether or not they attend the workshop. TAA provides an online institutional membership application process which makes joining TAA easy for both the institution and faculty. These workshops are offered on a first-come first-serve basis until program funding has been exhausted.

To schedule this workshop, please contact Tara Gray directly: (575) 646-1013 or

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