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You know you need to write more, but how?

Does any of this sound familiar?

You had great advisors but no one ever taught you how to write academic publications while doing a million other things.

You feel like you need a spark of inspiration to write, but that spark never comes.

You can never relax because you could always be working.

Your to-do list never ends—and so you never find time to write.

You know you need to publish so you can get that job/tenure/promotion but with all the teaching and committee work it just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list.

You want to be able to write consistently without feeling guilty when you’re not writing.

You want to feel like you are in charge of your writing—instead of the other way around.

Your obstacles to writing more are guilt, overwhelm, or both.

If any of these statements has you thinking, "How did she get inside my head?" then read on. You're in the right place. 🙂

Graduate school prepared you for a lot of things, but not how to juggle academic writing along with the gazillion other things you have to do.

Now, imagine a career where you could:

Feel confident, calm, and collected.

Leave work at work.

Pre-plan your writing, be consistent, and forgive yourself for getting off plan.

Find purpose and alignment in all of your academic endeavors.

Know exactly what project to work on next.

Finish the writing projects that you start, and submit them for publication.

Enter the Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap

The online course that will teach you the 7 essential stops on the road to prolific publishing. Because it feels like it’s about time, but it’s about so much more.

I created The Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap because I watched so many academic women struggle through the first years out of their PhD. I learned how to manage through trial and error, but I don’t think YOU should have to.

The Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap is an online course that teaches you exactly how to manage your academic life so that you can write and publish more.

What Others Are Saying about the Roadmap…

This course was wonderful and really did change some of my work habits. I love your attitude and your style, and I think the course had a kind of quiet power that began to seep into my life without my really noticing. It’s impossible to feel alone while doing the course.

I really feel like I have not just tools for getting my important work done but a sense of empowerment and perspective about what matters TO ME.

Elizabeth Haswell

Washington University St. Louis

For the last two days, I’ve been working on an article that has been accepted at a journal pending final revisions (darn reviewer 2)! I was really motivated to finish my work not only because it’s “low-hanging fruit”… but also because its a piece of writing that aligns perfectly with my mission statement!

The second reason is much more satisfying because I have no doubt that my writing is contributing to the change that I want to see!

Jean Harvie

Hi, I’m Cathy Mazak, and it’s my passion to mentor brilliant academic women to publish more. It took me a while (and let’s be honest–the birth of my first kiddo) to figure out how to manage my academic life so that I not only published more, but enjoyed it. After figuring this out myself, and teaching others through one-on-one coaching, I developed the Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap to teach you how to do it, too.

When I got my first tenure track job, I was so happy. Dream job! I’ve finally made it! It didn’t take me long to realize that the struggle was just beginning. How was I supposed to research and publish with the gazillion other things I was also expected to do? And even though I had a great advisor, she wasn’t there by my side to answer all my questions. So I had to learn how to get it all done baptism-by-fire style.

But I truly believe that you shouldn’t have to go through that struggle. That’s why I developed the Writing Roadmap.

I’m a tenured professor with three kids, two edited volumes, and a bunch of academic articles (including my latest one in Anthropology and Education Quarterly–so excited about that!). I have a PhD in Critical Studies in the Teaching of English from Michigan State University and I’m currently a tenured full professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, where I teach undergraduate courses in linguistics and direct the graduate program in the Department of English.

What Others Are Saying about the support…

Working with Cathy is truly inspiring.  Her enthusiasm for her work is contagious.  She really challenged me to think differently about more than just time management and identifying my writing style. Cathy’s combination of group discussions, video lectures, and helpful, high-quality materials helped me to put my entire career into focus.

Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle

Associate Professor of English, The College of New Jersey

Cathy provides a great combination of concrete guidance and general support. Cathy is also a fabulous role model, since she’s balancing home, work, and the internet as we work. She creates a warm cozy corner on the internet where you can hop in and find people struggling and succeeding with similar concerns.

Thanks again for creating this community and a place to run to when I need support.

Shilyh Warren

Assistant Professor of Film and Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas, Dallas

The Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap is made up of 8 modules.

I’ll guide you along the Writing Roadmap, a 7-stop path that begins with developing your academic mission statement, walks you through the creation of a publication pipeline, and culminates in a one-year plan to have your most productive (and happy!) academic year ever.

Here's what you'll learn in each module:

Module 0: Welcome

Learn how to use the course site, gather all your materials, and understand the big picture of the Writing Roadmap.

At the end of this unit you’ll know how to…

-Navigate the online course system.

-Organize yourself for success in the course.

Module 1: Map your mission

Create an academic mission statement and learn how to use it to focus all your academic decisions.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Focus so that you are in control of your career, and can resist being blown in the wind by what everyone else wants you to do.

-Use your mission statement to make decisions about what to keep and what to cut from your looong to-do list.

Module 2: Align your activities

List out allllll the bizillions of activities that you do. (Yes, all of them.) Take a good, hard look at where your time really goes.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Eliminate activities that don’t fit your mission.

-Align the activities that you can’t eliminate. (Spoiler alert: this is the key to feeling less stressed.)

Module 3: Manage your time  

Learn academic time management from an academic mom of three. The big take away? Everything takes time.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Corral email and social media so it stops sucking up so much of your day.

-Prioritize student interactions so your best energy goes to students when they really need you.

-Choose projects based on how much time you realistically have, instead of how much time you wish you had.

Module 4: Develop your writing system 

Develop a writing system that works for you.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Choose between three different writing systems, or create your own hybrid by combining systems.

-Adjust your writing system to the ebb and flow of the academic semester.

-Finish projects that you start. 😉

Module 5: Manage your mindset

Curb writing anxiety and guilt, and learn how to cope with imposter syndrome (it happens to the best of us). Oh, and we’ll cover money blocks, too.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Use a writing system to overcome guilt and overwhelm.

-Re-imagine your audience to reduce writing anxiety and impostor syndrome.

-Get past money blocks to get that job, promotion, or pay raise.

Module 6: Set up your publication pipeline 

Create a publication pipeline to map out how your projects will go from idea to publication.

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Find and remove the blockages in your current pipeline.

-Plan out your pipeline to avoid future blockages and keep those pubs flowing.

Module 7: Map out your year

Map out your best academic year ever (the one where you publish more and feel awesome).

At the end of this module you’ll know how to…

-Create a one year plan that considers all the points on the writing roadmap and keeps your publication pipeline flowing.

-Deviate from the plan without feeling guilty. Readjusting is part of the plan!

What's included?

-Lifetime access to all modules, bonuses, and updates

-Support & feedback in our private Facebook community where you can be open and honest about your academic career with other women who really get it

-PDF workbook for all the hands-on activities

-Bonus module: How to Create a Five-year Plan

About working with Cathy…

Before working with Cathy I dreaded writing and avoided the task, which led to guilt and affected how I felt about my work as a whole. Before I finished my first coaching block with Cathy I had an article submitted and two more planned out for my ‘pipeline’. My approach to writing and my attitude toward it underwent a complete transformation. Now, instead of dreading the task, I find myself looking for ways to carve out more time to write.

With Cathy’s help I recognize the importance of small blocks of time, building on small successes, and scheduling time. Cathy seemed to really ‘get’ where I was at. She was warm and encouraging and provided specific, practical strategies that really made a difference for me. I’m tremendously grateful for her guidance and support and the change it has wrought in my life.

Lynn Dempsey

Brock University

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30-day Money Back Guarantee

I absolutely, 100% believe that you can do this. And I am completely sure that this course will show you exactly how writing more (and at the same time feeling better about it) is perfectly within your reach.

Because I believe in you and your awesomeness, I’m offering a full refund within 30 days. I’m sure you’re going to love this course and start seeing clearly how it will help you have an amazing academic year (or five!), but if not, I’m happy to give you a full refund within 30 days.

Being on top of your writing game means more publications

Let’s get real: can you really keep up the pace you’re going at now? Is this how you imagined your career would feel, after busting your butt during your PhD? I didn’t think so.

The longer you wait before you take control of your career the bigger the snowball of stuff you have to do gets. And this has a real cost for you: an actual monetary cost (tenure and promotion) and an emotional one as well.

I'm ready to take control of my career

Who is this course for?

The course is for academics including tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, researchers, non-tt faculty, and PhD students–anyone who wants to publish more.

Writing more is not really about having more time. It's about focus.

Spoiler alert: even people on sabbatical have a hard time getting their writing in gear. It’s really not about time! It’s about having the focus to take control of your career by making decisions that move you forward. And guess what? I can teach you how to have that focus. Yes, focus is something that you can learn and implement, step-by-step.

Yes! I'm ready to enroll!


Is this course for me if I'm still a PhD student?

Yes! PhD students will learn A LOT about how to manage their lives as academics. This course is not only excellent preparation for life with PhD in hand, the skills you learn will help you as a PhD student as well. You’ll be WAY ahead of the game!

Plus, you get life time access to the course, so you can do it now and then go back to it to brush up at any point in the future.

How many hours will I need to dedicate to this course?

The number of hours that it will take you to complete the modules will vary somewhat by module. I’ve included 5-week, 4-week, and 2-week completion plans in the program so that you can choose what’s right for you.

Do I get individual feedback on my assignments?

For the Self-study tiers, you’ll get feedback by posting in the Facebook group. There you’ll get feedback from me as well as the other members of the group.

What if I don't have facebook?

Good question! You really must have Facebook to participate in the course support group. That’s where the community and support magic will happen! We’ll have a closed group, so you don’t have to worry about privacy. It’ll just be us. 🙂

What if I fall behind or can't start the course on time?

Once you enroll you will have lifetime access to the course. You complete the course at your own pace, and can start and start as is convenient for you and your schedule.

Will you run this course at another time?

Who knows? Once you enroll, you’ll have lifetime access and can participate any time I run the course. 🙂

What if I want my university to pay for this course?

If you would like to try to get your university to pay for the course, please email me at and I can provide you with a brochure that you can share with the appropriate decision-makers. I can also work with you and your institution to accept payment or bill the institution with a P.O. You can download a brochure about the course here.

Can anyone from any field of study benefit from the Academic Woman's Writing Roadmap?

Yes! My specialty is in the humanities and social sciences, and I generally publish qualitative studies in the field of education (my most recent article is Anthropology and Education Quarterly). The course is designed to help any academic (tenure-track, non-tt, adjunct, PhD student, researcher, etc.) manage their time, take control of their career trajectory, and publish more. You will be able to adapt every lesson to your specific field and institution, and you can count on my help and the help and your classmates in the Facebook group for support in doing so.

Can I take this course if I'm not a woman?

Sure! People of all gender identities are welcome in this course!

Have more questions about The Academic Woman’s Writing Roadmap?  Email me at!

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