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Katie Batza

January 2016
KU faculty member, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Assistant Professor, focusing on the intersections of sexuality, health, and politics in the 20th-century US. Member of KU Writing Center Faculty Writing Group.

“My kid really loves stories, so we make up a lot of stories together and write them down. Sometimes we even build sets and props for them. So that’s the fun writing I do—but I think it actually helps with the academic writing. It gives you a lot of freedom and creativity. You have a child asking why, and suddenly you start thinking in the realm of possibility. Writing doesn’t have to be bounded by grammar and rules and expectations, and I think that’s very freeing and very cool, as both a scholar and a parent. “I totally geek out on the process of revision. I’m obsessed with the idea of reverse outlining. I think is is the tool to make your writing go from crappy/mediocre to good/great. It’s been transformative to me, and I preach it to everyone who will listen.”


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