Introduction to The Writers’ Workshop!

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Paul Beaufait, Prefectural University of Kumamoto; Craig Daly, University of Glasgow; Loran Edwards, Kansai Gaidai University; Charles Moore, Concordia University; David Ockert, Toyo University

Welcome to the first column of The Writers’ Workshop! The column itself will be managed by a team comprised of members of the Peer Support Group (PSG). This column will be written on a collaborative basis by the members of the PSG. All of the members of the PSG are volunteers, most of whom have experience in the writing and publishing process. As a group, the PSG has a wealth of experience which we intend to share even more through this column. Publishing in academic journals is now, more than ever, essential for career advancement among TEFL educators in Japan (Beaufait, Edwards, & Muller, 2013), and one of the most arduous and perplexing periods of an author’s writing career is at the outset. We at The Writers’ Workshop will expound on topics that provide advice and support for novice writers, experienced writers, or nearly anyone who is looking to write for academic purposes (for example, need to publish in Japan, etc.) as well as other types of writing.