TitleDon't delay: Publish your conference presentation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWise, VL, Hatfield, LJ

Perhaps you are interested in publishing but have never written an article. It can be intimidating to know where to begin. We suggest that you start with a recent conference presentation!  In our book A Guide to Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner in Student Affairs (2015), we suggested a few strategies to get you started in turning your presentation into a publication, which we summarize here.

Before deciding where you want to publish, check in with yourself first by answering these questions:

  • What ideas do you want to share with others?
  • What audience would resonate with your ideas?
  • How much time do you have to dedicate to the writing and submission processes?
  • What is your comfort level with writing?

Knowing the ideas you want to communicate and the audience you want to reach will help to reshape your presentation. Awareness of the amount of time you have to write and your comfort level in doing so will help direct you to the best outlet for your writing and will also help you decide if you want to write alone or find a collaborator. If you are new to writing for publication, it might be wise to start with a piece that has a greater likelihood of being published. It is our hope that this article will help you do just that by giving you strategies for repackaging your conference presentation for an online piece or for a research or practitioner article.