Brass Tacks is proud to present our second professional development opportunity for students. Led by writer/editor Duncan Murrell, this two-part workshop will focus on how scholars can join the public conversation through harnessing their unique perspective when pitching publications. The course runs on Wednesday, September 22 and 29th. Full description and instructor bio below.

Brass Tacks is a new project of HPG and the Southern Futures Initiatives that invites attendees to sharpen their skills in a series of professional development opportunities with special guest teachers. Along with a group of peers, attendees will gain confidence that’ll serve you in the academy and beyond.


The Public Scholar: How to Get Your Thoughts and Your Work Into the Public Conversation
Wednesday, 9/22, 7:30-8:30 pm & Wednesday, 9/29, 7:30-8:30 pm

The public discussion of the issues that are changing our lives needs your expertise. But how do you join that conversation? This workshop with Duncan Murrell will take you through the stages of reframing your research for the general audience, finding places to publish your op-eds and essays, coming up with ideas for those op-eds and essays, and developing confidence that what you have to say is of vital interest to the rest of us.

Love House Front Porch
410 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

About the Instructor:
Duncan Murrell is a writer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is currently a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, The Oxford American magazine, and The Normal School. He has also written for The Highline @ The Huffington Post, The New Republic, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, Our State Magazine, and Southwest Magazine. His work has been recognized in Best American Essays and he’s been a resident at Yaddo. A graduate of Cornell University, he also has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing (fiction) from Bennington College.

Murrell is also a freelance editor of novels, popular histories, academic books, monographs, articles, and other projects. As an acquisitions editor at Algonquin Books, he acquired and published dozens of books, including several bestsellers. He’s edited three New York Times bestselling novels, consulted with the University of Georgia Press on a natural history series, and has worked on technical books on everything from sailing to parasitic zoonoses.