A service of Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide
Support for your Autumn Semester in the Studio
The beginning of a new academic year is always chaotic. The pandemic has probably made it more so. Join the Studio in August to attend Planning Your Autumn Semester on 28 August 10 Eastern/3 UK (your time zone), to get a big picture overview of what you are trying to juggle, make some big decisions so you get to the important stuff including sleep, food, and time away from work. Then on 18 September, Establishing a Writing Practice will help you figure out how to make whatever writing time you have effective. You can start using A Meeting With Your Writing to support your writing practice as soon as you join. Office Hours every other Friday (when there isn’t a class) give you an opportunity to get help with whatever is frustrating you, or if your plans go awry several weeks in.
An academic job involves a lot of different kinds of work, many of which require different conditions or run on different timelines. Juggling these responsibilities is difficult. Writing is one area of your work that is particularly hard to find and protect time for despite the fact that it is often highly meaningful to you and the products of your writing are highly valued by your institution.
In 2011 I started offering A Meeting With Your Writing to help academics schedule time to write and keep that commitment. When participants told me that this simple practice transformed their academic lives, I realized that the core of the support you need can be delivered in a way that is affordable for academics at all stages of career. Membership is only £22/mo.
Why join the Academic Writing Studio?
The Academic Writing Studio and A Meeting With Your Writing will help you write more and thus publish more. It also changes how your work feels. Join now
Do you struggle to maintain a writing practice throughout the year?
Are you good at writing during the breaks and sabbaticals but find it unsatisfying in some way? Not enough? Takes too long to get back into?
Are you only writing at the expense of self-care and your personal relationships?
In the same way that some people find it easier to maintain a fitness practice if they join a gym or yoga studio, the Studio provides a community and practical resources to support you in establishing and maintaining a writing practice. There is nothing wrong with needing or wanting that kind of support. Some people find it helpful to get habits established and then are fine on their own. Others will remain members for years.
Members have told me it transforms their lives using words like Progress, Commitment, Productive, Grounded, Accomplishment, Joy, Focus, Pacing, Direction, Priority, Community.
What do you get?
A Meeting With Your Writing is a weekly synchronous writing group that provides just enough structure to enable you to schedule writing time and stick to that schedule. It is held Mondays at 10 am UK and Mondays & Thursdays at 10 am Eastern. (further details)
Planning Your Semester is a guided class to identify priorities, set boundaries, and make a realistic plan. It’s offered via video conference at the main transition points in the academic year and a recording is always available.
Establishing a Writing Practice is a guided class and group coaching to help you reflect on what is working, identify one frustrating thing to work on, and figure out how to address that frustration. Offered by video call a couple of times a year, a recording is always available.
Dealing with Reviewer Comments provides support for one of the trickier parts of the scholarly publishing process. It combines practical steps for engaging with the comments and making a plan with group coaching to help you parse specific comments and deal with the emotional side of this process. Offered by video call a couple of times a year, a recording is always available.
The member website provides access to recordings, handouts, and other resources to support your writing practice as well as an online forum to connect for mutual support.
Free eBooks of my Short Guides: The Scholarly Writing Process, Finding Time for your Scholarly Writing, Scholarly Publishing, and Peer Review.
A weekly newsletter of support and encouragement that includes monthly reminders to review & adjust your plan, because things never go according to plan, but planning is still incredibly useful.
Who joins the Studio?
Studio members are at all stages of career.
Dissertation writers find A Meeting With Your Writing gives them structure for their first really big academic writing project.
Early career academics use the support to develop habits that will serve them throughout their career and to get the publications they need for secure academic employment.
Mid-career academics like the extra support as they juggle the extra demands of this stage of career, want to break habits developed in their early career that no longer serve them, have some structure during a sabbatical, and really begin to soar in their careers.
Late-career academics value some structure to finish the things that will enable them to retire without regrets.
Many people have been members for years, though some come and go due to changing teaching schedules or other life events.
Studio members live in many different countries, and may or may not write in English. They work in many different kinds of institution and are in a range of different disciplines. They are in different types of academic and para-academic employment and may also be juggling different kinds of family responsibilities. Some people use it mostly in the main part of the academic year to ensure they keep writing even when busy with teaching and other responsibilities. Others find it helpful during sabbatical or the summer to help give just enough structure to their time. Time zones can make things tricky, especially for Australians and New Zealanders.
Membership is £22/mo payable my monthly subscription, annually, or for fixed 4 month terms. Canadian residents will also need to pay GST/HST. If you have been a member before, please log-in to the Studio and renew using the form under Manage Membership.
I use Zoom for synchronous events, with video optional. You can join by phone and there are numbers in many countries but they are not toll-free.
If you want to buy a membership as a gift for someone please fill in the form with the member’s name, when you are sent to PayPal to pay, use the name and payment details of the person paying and add a note indicating the member you are paying for.
You’ve read this far so I assume you are interested but not ready to commit. Subscribe to my newsletter for a monthly planning email, a mid-month article about something related to your academic career, and reminders about the Studio (esp around September, January, and May each year) and stand alone classes. If you don’t have a writing practice at all, you might want to start with the 15 minute per day Academic Writing Challenge (free). My book, Finding Time for Your Scholarly Writing will help you figure out how to fit that small practice in with other kinds of writing time.