Book Review of Jo VanEvery’s (2016, 2018, 2019) Short Guides. Self-published.

  • Danielle E. Lorenz University of Alberta
Keywords: graduate students, PhD students, Masters students, writing, academia


This triumvirate book review examines a few short volumes on academic writing and publishing: The Scholarly Writing Process (2016), Finding Time for Your Scholarly Writing (2018), and Scholarly Publishing (2019). I contend that these guides, which are written for a general academic audience, are useful texts for graduate students who are writing their theses or dissertations. In particular, I focus on their short length and low cost, as well as the importance of reflexivity in the writing process. In addition, I briefly contrast the Short Guides with Inger Mewburn’s How to Tame Your PhD (2012), Kjell Erik Rudeston and Rae R. Newton’s Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process (2015), and  How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia (2007). 

Author Biography

Danielle E. Lorenz, University of Alberta
Danielle E. Lorenz is a PhD Candidate in the department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research examines the intersections of Indigenous and settler relations(hips) in education. 
Book Review/Critique de livre