Agile Writing for Archivists and Librarians – Now scheduling for Spring 2017

bring Oliver to your library for


Agile Writing for Archivists and Librarians

interactive workshop and training geared toward librarians/archivists

It’s a way of approaching writing as a continuous and iterative process, one that embraces small sprints, great frequency, and reflection, and it’s equally suitable for folks wanting to make headway on scholarly and/or creative writing. According to a recent (highly unscientific) poll I ran on Twitter, only 6% of the 83 librarians and archivist respondents said they are writing (creative and/or scholarly) as much as they’d like to be. Another 29% said “kind of” and a full ⅔ (65%) said “not at all”. Agile Writing for Archivists and Librarians is in response to that clear need, and helps participants develop a sustainable writing practice at a pace they can maintain. Everyone benefits when librarians and archivists (regardless of institution type or faculty status) are supported in contributing to scholarly and creative conversations through writing; they’re better positioned for active professional engagement, effective public services, and substantial collaboration. Participants will identify their own personal “backlog” of writing, set clear goals for time-blocked sprints of writing toward the backlog, learn tips and tricks for making time and space to write in the agile approach, and write new writing. Each participant will receive a packet of resources/handouts to take home

“If I could have Oliver back every single semester, I would do it in a heartbeat.” -Neekta Khorsand, 826DC

Agile Writing for Archivists and Librarians:

  • ½ day (3 hours); flexible – includes time for writing, reflection, and discussion
  • Contact me to inquire about scheduling and rates
  • Curious? Questions? Let’s chat

Folks who are familiar with Agile methods of project management will no doubt recognize similarities in approach, but no Agile experience whatsoever is required- only a desire to be writing more. How much can we accomplish in ½ day? A lot.

“Oliver’s session was a model for what a visitor can do in a short period of time… I’d enthusiastically recommend Oliver’s workshops for writers of any experience, and hope he will come back soon!” -Andrea Lawlor, Mount Holyoke College

Bio: Oliver Baez Bendorf is a queer and trans poet, cartoonist, librarian, and experienced facilitator, who holds an MFA in Poetry and an MLIS, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He regularly teaches workshops and trainings for all skill levels that combine writing and drawing, visual thinking, and creativity, including for the Council on Library and Information Resources, Rare Book School, Madison Public Library, Mount Holyoke College, Indiana University, and elsewhere. His pedagogical approach fuses creativity and social justice, with influences from his mentor Lynda Barry as well as feminist/critical pedagogy (as in bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress). For three years he was the Humanities Collections Assistant at University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library; he cut his teeth as a teaching artist at the IMLS National Medal Winning Madison Public Library, and worked to foster community for digital library practitioners at the Digital Library Federation in Washington, D.C. His book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press 2015) was selected by Mark Doty for the Wick Poetry Prize and named a “Spectacular Book of 2015” by Split This Rock. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he co-founded the Mount Pleasant Poetry Project.

“Oliver supplied me with a shiny new toolbox to bring into my writing—my old brain with its new set of rules, its freshly translated vernacular and idioms.” -Kaveh Akbar, Florida State University