How can you help?
Not everyone travels the same road, so I help you find your own individual way.
Any coach will help you set goals, break them into manageable action steps, and create a work schedule that makes it possible to achieve them. Any consultant will deliver a workshop to do the same or give you an action plan to encourage faculty to publish more than perish. I work more holistically. That might include help with reducing stress and anxiety, creating personal or group writing retreats, changing an unproductive departmental culture, discovering your big idea, engaging larger audiences, becoming aware of your power to influence your field, being more satisfied with your work, and simply doing more of what you want to do and less of what you don't.
Who are your clients?
I work with academics, independent scholars, and others who write in highly competitive settings. My approaches often target women’s experiences. My clients are located in North America, Europe, and Asia, and they engage in work that takes them from the Arctic Circle to Chile. I have a global perspective and welcome scholars and writers from around the world.
Why should I work with you?
With a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, I can empathize with those who work in high-pressure, high-achieving environments. I have twenty years teaching and mentoring experience at the University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Duke University, University of East Anglia, University of Pennsylvania’s Continuing Education, and Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs. I currently work with clients from many different backgrounds with many different needs, but I have specific insights for those dealing with issues of class (access, confidence, dual identities, and “belonging”) as well as for those experiencing or recovering from bullying, conflict, and abuse in academia. (See my article for the Chronicle of Higher Education: Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture.)
Tell me a little more about your background.
I’m a big ideas person who likes to help others think more deeply, write more intelligently, and engage more meaningfully. In 2015 I started this consultancy to help scholars and other writers meet their writing goals and improve their lives by pushing their careers forward.
While finishing my Ph.D., I created a podcast (under the pen name Anne Bramley) to bring my academic interest in food, literature, and culture to a larger audience. I then turned that work into my first book, Eat Feed Autumn Winter (awarded one of Epicurious' Best Food Books), while gaining experience working with an agent, trade publisher, and publicity team. At the same time, I was asked by Duke University’s press office to be their academic resource for food studies; I went through press training for scholars and learned a lot about how universities work with media outlets. I then realised how much I enjoy doing work that reaches out beyond campus boundaries. I’ve since written for NPR, Saveur, the Washington Post, Smithsonian’s ‘What It Means To Be American (via Zocalo Public Square), and I’ve appeared on BBC and NPR radio, PBS-UNCTV, Australia’s ABC, and Martha Stewart Living radio to talk about everything from food history to new media.
I’m an American who has lived and taught in the US, Germany, and the UK and am currently located in Norwich, England.
How do I get started?
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