A Meeting With Your Writing is a guided practice, a container to do your own writing. During the academic year, the Meeting helps you protect time for writing in the face of multiple demands on your time. During the long summer break or your sabbatical, it adds just enough structure to your week.
It doesn’t matter what language you write in. It doesn’t matter what you are writing about. It doesn’t matter what career stage you are or what kind of position you have or what kind of institution you work at.
You call into a conference line. I lead a short opening exercise. You hang up and write for a full 90 minutes. You call back in and I lead a short closing exercise.
What kinds of opening and closing questions?
I encourage you to consider everything your writing project needs to move forward. Anything that moves your writing project forward counts as writing: drafting, revision, reading, (re)analysing data, transcribing interviews, reconstructing tables & figures, checking references, proofreading, etc, etc, etc. As long as you pay attention to everything your project needs, and put the work in consistently, you will finish things and submit them.
At the end of the session, I ask you to write down how your writing project (and your thinking) has moved forward during the 90 minutes. That can include tracking things like words written or paragraphs revised, but also includes a qualitative description of what is different. I do not get you to set a goal for the session, nor do I ask you to judge what you accomplished in relation to a goal.
I encourage you to experiment with different strategies for optimizing your focus over the 90 minutes, and ask you to make observational notes about your focus every week. This practice, along with the PDF worksheet on Focus & Distraction found in the Studio, will help you find practices that work for you in different situations.
The result is more writing, a growing sense of accomplishment, better knowledge of how much you can do in 90 minutes and how much that varies, and better strategies for optimizing focus. And joy. Let’s not forget joy.
How often do we meet?
A Meeting With Your Writing is held 3 times a week:
Monday 10 a.m. UK (11 a.m. CET; 6 a.m. Atlantic, 6:30 a.m. NL, 5 a.m. Eastern) (evening in Australia)
Monday 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Atlantic, 3 p.m. UK, 4 p.m. Europe)
Thursday 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Atlantic, 3 p.m. UK, 4 p.m. Europe)
Most people can only fit one meeting a week into their busy schedule but that one meeting makes a huge difference (especially if it’s on Monday). You are welcome to come more frequently if the times work for you.
In March and October, the time may shift for a week or so due to the shift between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time (aka Summer Time) which happens on a different date in North America and Europe. If you are in Australia, this is further muddled up by your own change in the other direction. The first time listed above is the time of record.
Will there be extra charges to call in?
The conference line provides local numbers in Canada, USA, UK, several European countries, Israel, Australia, and NZ. There is also a free WebCall option (only in Firefox & Chrome).
You won’t be on the phone for the entire 2 hours. The opening section is about 15 minutes. We then hang up and write for a full 90 minutes. The closing section is less than 15 minutes.
A Meeting With Your Writing is the core of the Academic Writing Studio. Go back to the main page to join.