Some of you might have supportive colleagues locally. Some of you have supportive networks. And everyone could use a bigger community of people who support your desire to do this job well and get enough sleep, play with your kids, knit more, or whatever. I wrote some guidelines to help with that culture but I think most people have a good sense of how to be.
To further facilitate that kind of connection, the Studio includes:
The Members Lounge is like a virtual common room where you can meet with other members of the Studio to chat about stuff. Use it for accountability check-ins, share experiences to help each other through specific struggles, or chat about your holiday or the novels you’ve been reading. The intention is to build community in a way that is supportive and encouraging. As you feel more comfortable with the community, you can update your member profile to provide other information about yourself and other ways of keeping in touch.
Office Hours is what it sounds like, an opportunity for you to talk to me about things in a similar way your students come and talk to you about things. The main difference is that this a group meeting. I encourage discussion of whatever you bring wherever appropriate because other members of the Studio often have relevant experience and can share what’s worked for them. We use the conference line and I record the conversation to provide an archive of discussion and advice for those who couldn’t attend (including future members of the Studio).
Community is also woven into how some of the other resources in the Studio are delivered.
A Meeting With Your Writing is a synchronous event. Even though you are only connected virtually, you are all writing at the same time, in community. Knowing that others are writing at the same time helps you keep your personal commitment. It’s also a weekly reminder that others are setting the same priorities and turning up to write even when they have other demands on their time and energy. Asking one or two people to share at the beginning and end of the Meeting is also a small way to get to know other members of the community.
Live classes remind you that you are not alone in approaching things this way or in taking time out of your busy schedule to attend the class. You can extend the community element of the class in Office Hours and the Members Lounge. Planning classes are held at the three main transition points in the academic year in the Northern Hemisphere, with some attempt to address variations in semester dates.
If you are already a member of the Studio, log in below to access the community. If you’d like to join this community, return to the home page.