Writing for Publication in Couple and Family Therapy

When it comes to words, it’s a matter of who’s to be master, that’s all.
Humpty Dumpty

How do I know what I think, until I see what I say?
W.H. Auden

This course will teach participants how to write for publication in couple and family therapy. The aim over seven months will be to have a fully realized manuscript for either a scholarly journal or the popular press. Participants are expected to write in between class meetings and to share their work with class colleagues.

Participants will choose a topic, organize their work, develop themes and sub-themes within an article, find their “voice,” discern their audience, work with editorial feedback, revise an article and examine the worlds of scholarly and popular publishing. A fine bibliography for writing and publishing will be provided.

In addition, the course methods will include lecture; experiential writing exercises; working in pairs on one another’s writing; being accountable for your writing and deadlines; and class and instructor feedback. Participants are expected to write in between classes, even if this is a small amount, and to send writing to the instructor and to one another. We will not only talk about writing – we will write!

Learning Objectives:

  • Write a scholarly journal article in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Become knowledgeable of all aspects of submitting an article for publication, including selecting the most appropriate journal, responding to reviews, preparing revisions and a final manuscript
  • Write and submit a popular article, including choosing the venue, writing a query letter and working with an editor


Evan Imber-Black, PhD was the Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal, Family Process for eight years. She is a highly published author in both scholarly journals and the popular press. Evan teaches writing workshops and provides private consultation to authors.



Date / Time:

7 Wednesdays:
October 17, November 14, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, and April 17

9:30 am–11:30 am

Continuing Education:

14 CE Contact Hours

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